The discovery of a drug manufacturing operation in quiet suburban Taylor St is a stark reminder that Kiama is not immune to the drug problem facing Australia.
The house was searched following the arrest of a 55 year old man at Unanderra, allegedly with 1kg of amphetamine and 140g of cocaine in his car.
On searching his home in a unit in Taylor St, police seized 1kg of amphetamine, 136g of cocaine, 119g of MDMA tablets, 62g of MDMA powder and a Ruger semi-automatic rifle.
Acting Inspector Matthew Glasgow from Lake Illawarra Local Area Command said it was a significant haul of drugs to be removed from our local streets.
“It is important for members of our community to report any illegal drug use or supply, or suspicious activities occurring by calling your local police station or Crime Stoppers,” said Acting Inspector Glasgow.
According to the police, the signs that indicate a house may be being used for drug manufacturing include:
- Strange odours emanating from the property
- Diverted electricity
- Chemical containers and waste
- Blacked out windows
- Hoses and pipes in strange places
- Blinds down, with extremely bright indoor lighting radiating through gaps
- Vehicles arriving at odd hours.
Anyone with information about suspicious properties should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: www1.police.nsw.gov.au. Information will be treated in the strictest confidence.