Illicit drug haul in Newtown: children exposed to drug fumes

In a shocking report a Newtown, Sydney couple have been arrested and charged with exposing their young children to fumes while they were allegedly cooking drugs in their unit. The police raid also found illegal drugs like amphetamines, pseudoephedrine tablets, marijuana and syringes.

The man (60 year old) and woman (35 year old) appeared before the Toowoomba Magistrates Court this morning. The charges against them were production, unlawful manufacture and possession of dangerous drugs, possession of relevant things and danger from exposure. The arrest happened last night when the police raided their illegal lab at Hamilton Street. Another drug lab was also raided in Phillip Street arresting two more men who were also presented to court. The woman was granted bail while the men were remanded in custody.

According to a revelation by the Criminal Investigation Branch detective sergeant Luke Peachey seven people were charged with 37 offences after police raided a unit in Phillip Street on Saturday. He said, “We found equipment, glassware and chemicals believed to have been used in the manufacture of amphetamines (speed)…We also located fry pans that had been used the night before (to cook the drugs), crushed Sudafed tablets, syringes and cannabis.”

Specialist officers from the Illicit Laboratories Investigation Team (ILIT) travelled from Brisbane to dismantle the drug labs. The unit was cordoned off and guarded overnight until the ILIT team arrived.

Dr. Ananya Mandal

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Dr. Ananya Mandal is a doctor by profession, lecturer by vocation and a medical writer by passion. She specialized in Clinical Pharmacology after her bachelor's (MBBS). For her, health communication is not just writing complicated reviews for professionals but making medical knowledge understandable and available to the general public as well.

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