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