Poland's largest amphetamine factory raided

Last updated 10:59 26/03/2014
Reuters

Police close what they claim to be the largest amphetamine factory ever discovered in Poland. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Relevant offers

Europe

Lufthansa knew co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had depression Captors killed, prosecutor fatally injured in Istanbul hostage shootout 13 things you never knew about the Eiffel Tower Three more arrests in Paris attacks investigation UK candidate 'caught HIV on purpose' Children's 'porn addiction' fears in the UK One in five teens have tried e-cigarettes according to a British study Germanwings crash pilot had been treated for suicidal tendencies British PM David Cameron visits Queen after dissolving Parliament Lubitz 'plotted crash by locking cockpit'

Polish police have closed down the largest amphetamine factory ever discovered in Poland and seized nearly 20 kilograms of high quality amphetamine with a street value of around 600,000 zlotys (NZ$230,000).

Poland is a major producer of amphetamine and while other narcotics such as cocaine tend to be imported, amphetamine is produced locally both for domestic consumption and export, according to police.

Police said they stormed the premises in the Czosnow municipality near Warsaw and arrested two men at the factory which housed a sophisticated chemical laboratory.

The unassuming property, painted white and resembling a farm, may have produced as much as 500 kilograms of the narcotic this year alone, police said.

"This was pure amphetamine of a very high quality," said Warsaw Police spokesman Mariusz Mrozek. He said amphetamine was now seen as a Polish "national product" in the drugs world and that homegrown chemists were "specialists" in its production.

Police also discovered around 1000 litres of phenylacetone, a raw material used in the production of amphetamine. Such a quantity can yield around 700 kilograms of pure amphetamine worth around 21 million zlotys, they said.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content