Family argument ends in Wangaratta drug lab find

A ROW between a father and son has resulted in police uncovering a suspected clandestine drug lab at a Wangaratta house.

Equipment and items tied to amphetamine manufacture were found at a Barkoo Avenue house and taken away for forensic examination in Melbourne.

Detective Acting Sgt Jason Bray said a man, 29, who lived at the home had a dispute with his father on Tuesday afternoon and that had resulted in police being given information that prompted searches at two Wangaratta properties.

One of those was in Barkoo Avenue with the house raided on Tuesday night before police returned with Melbourne-based members of the major drug investigation unit yesterday morning.

Sgt Bray said in addition to the drug-related equipment, a trailer and tools, which were allegedly stolen as part of a $15,000 theft from a Wangaratta housing construction site in September, were recovered.

A small amount of suspected amphetamine and ammunition tied to a .22 calibre firearm was also found.

The 29-year-old was interviewed yesterday afternoon and is facing drug and dishonesty charges.

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