Find to ‘put a dent’ in local trade

THE seizure of 20 grams of ice in a clandestine Lavington drug laboratory will “put a dent” in the Border drug trade, Albury Superintendent Beth Stirton said.

A Wodonga man and a Thurgoona man linked to the alleged operation have been charged with three drug and trafficking- related offences.

A methamphetamine production area was uncovered at a building in the Dallinger Industrial Estate on Saturday night after a highway patrol officer saw a Wodonga man, 31, riding a stolen motorcycle.

Another man, 26, from Thurgoona, was found inside the premises.

Supt Stirton said police found drugs with an estimated street value of $1300 to $1500.

“It will have quite an impact on the street trade here but it doesn’t mean that we take our eyes off the ball,” she said.

“We need assistance from the public so we can do more targeted operations.

“Realistically we know there are drugs in the community because we’re often dealing with the side effects.”

Inspector Matthew Tishler, of Albury police, said the Wodonga man had been charged with disqualified driving, while the younger man is facing two counts of possessing a prohibited drug.

Both are due to appear at Albury Court on November 6.

Inquiries into the laboratory are continuing, including an analysis of the drugs.

Police also found drug paraphernalia and ammunition.

Albury Supt Beth Stirton

Albury Supt Beth Stirton