More than $30 million of ‘ice’ seized after unit fire

Police have seized more than 60kg of methlyamphetamine after emergency services responded to a unit fire in Epping.

Fire & Rescue NSW officers were called to a unit block in Hazelwood Place, Epping, about 11.50am on Monday 12 March 2018, after a fire alarm was triggered.

When firefighters entered the unit, they found what appeared to be a clandestine laboratory.

Neighbouring units were evacuated as a precaution by police.

Officers from Ryde Police Area Command established a crime scene and initiated an investigation.

Officers from Fire & Rescue NSW Hazmat and the Drug and Firearms Squad’s Chemical Operations Unit rendered the location safe and dismantled the lab.

Ryde detectives seized more than 60kg of a crystalline substance, believed to be methylamphetamine, with estimated potential street value of more $30 million.

Police are now seeking the whereabouts of a man believed to have left the area shortly before emergency services arrived.

The man is described as being aged between 20 and 30, having a solid build, about 180cm tall, with an olive/tanned complexion, dark hair, and possibly suffering facial burns.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Ryde detectives on 9858 9299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

How to recognise an ICE lab:

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via social media pages.

Source: NSW Police

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