Police uncover Lavington drug lab

A LARGE stash of methamphetamine has been uncovered by Albury police at a clandestine drug laboratory in Lavington.

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The weekend discovery comes just days after police smashed a major Albury drug ring, with the arrest of seven people following raids in Albury, Lavington and Wodonga.

Two men were arrested in Lavington on Saturday night and police have indicated the possibility of further “significant charges” against others over the find in a Dallinger Road industrial building.

The arrests are likely to be just the first step in a “protracted” investigation, police said.

Throughout yesterday, forensic police, wearing protective suits, were painstakingly sorting through the building that housed the laboratory’s discovery.

It is possible the search might continue into today.

Police said the size of the drug haul would not be clear until forensic drug squad officers reported back at the completion of the search.

The drug laboratory was uncovered as the result of earlier work done by Albury highway patrol officers.

They had seen a man riding a stolen motorcycle along Dallinger Road on Saturday about 6.15pm.

The motorbike was then found at the Dallinger Road address, where police arrested the 31-year-old rider and another man, 26, inside the building.

“They located a large quantity of drugs, believed to be methamphetamine or ‘ice’, drug paraphernalia and an amount of ammunition,” a NSW Police media spokesman said.

Police had to suspend the search after they found chemicals, alleged to be part of a clandestine laboratory, in the building.

Yesterday, specialist police in their protective suits took over the search.

The two men arrested were charged with drug and traffic-related offences and are expected to appear in Albury Local Court in November.

Last Wednesday, seven people were arrested and charged over what is believed to be an unrelated drug ring.

Among them was ex-police drug squad detective Matthew Marshall, who faces 18 charges related to a large quantity of methamphetamine seized in raids on homes across Albury and Lavington.

Marshall and his co-accused were refused bail last Thursday to reappear in court on December 17.

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