Queensland Ice Drug Scourge Means Fewer Meth Labs Operating


Drug dealers have mothballed their meth labs as the “ice age” sweeps across Queensland.

Police have revealed the number of clandestine laboratories busted across Queensland has plummeted by 100 – or 27 per cent – in just two years, with most labs located being classified as “inactive”.

“The evidence suggests the labs were previously used to cook up illicit drugs and people have been storing them due to the availability of amphetamine-type sub­stances,” the head of the state’s Drug and Serious Crime Group, detective Superintendent Jon Wacker said.

Last year, 279 illicit labs were detected across the state, compared with 379 in 2012.

Preliminary data suggests the trend is set to continue in 2015, with 121 labs busted so far at a rate of about 17 a month.

Read more in The Australian.

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