Four arrests at meth lab
A routine police check has uncovered a methamphetamine clan lab and resulted in four arrests in rural Coromandel.
Two officers travelling on 309 Road, south of Whitianga, thought something was amiss when they saw a woman on a quad bike and a man in a ute parked in the driveway of a supposedly vacant house on Sunday afternoon.
"The pair claimed to be at the property checking security but then the male, who had gotten out of his vehicle to speak to the officers, ran back to the utility and was seen throwing an object out the window," Detective Sergeant Dave Grace said.
"A subsequent search established the object thrown was a jar containing methamphetamine and the officers also located a .22 pistol, some scales, close to $5000 in cash and a meth pipe."
The officers then found two men inside the house operating a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory.
All four were arrested.
The man and woman were charged jointly with possession of methamphetamine for supply and unlawful possession of a firearm.
The men found inside the house were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.
They appeared in the Hamilton District Court today and were remanded in custody to reappear tomorrow.
The Auckland based Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory Team cleared the property today.
Two men died of carbon monoxide poisoning while operating a suspected clandestine P-lab in an old mine shaft on the 309 Rd in October last year.
A local tour operator, who declined to be named, said at the time: "I know of some heavy-duty drug dealers who operate in that area."