Authorities Investigate Suspected Clandestine Laboratory in Pinkenba

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An alleged clandestine laboratory was discovered in Pinkenba in March 2023 during a major drug trafficking operation, also known as the “Operation Victor Carpenter.”

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The discovery of the clandestine laboratory was made following the execution of a search warrant at a property on Lavarack Avenue. Detectives managed to seize a range of illegal substances and equipment, including a commercial pill press and laboratory apparatus believed to be associated with the production of methamphetamine, cocaine, and ketamine. 


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In addition to these findings, authorities also uncovered a trove of other incriminating items, including an estimated $583,000 in cash, an assortment of glassware, cooking implements, containers, electrical equipment, and various chemicals. Furthermore, the search revealed a cash counting machine, a handgun, and a silencer.

A 38-year-old Albion resident was apprehended at Brisbane International Airport in connection with the case. The individual, whose identity has not been disclosed, is now facing a total of 12 charges related to drug trafficking. He is scheduled to appear before the Brisbane Magistrates Court in June 2023, where the charges will be formally presented.

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Detective Inspector John Mison, who oversaw Operation Victor Carpenter, issued a stern warning to those involved in the drug trade, emphasising that law enforcement agencies would maintain an unwavering focus on combating dangerous narcotics in the community. 

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Speaking about the operation’s success, Detective Inspector Mison expressed his appreciation for the relentless dedication exhibited by all individuals involved in this extensive operation.

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“Our officers work tirelessly to detect, disrupt, and dismantle these types of illegal drug activities, and I commend the diligent efforts of all involved in this substantial Operation,” stated Detective Inspector Mison.

Published 9-June-2023