Police say they have busted a "major" drug lab believed to be
in the process of manufacturing thousands of ecstasy pills
for New Year's Eve music festivals.
Officers have secured an inner-city commercial premises in
Wellington where specialist Police Clan Lab staff and
Environmental Science and Research scientists have begun to
examine the scene.
Processing the "major drug-manufacturing site" is expected to
take several days.
"This is a full-scale commercial operation," Detective Senior
Sergeant Tim Leitch said.
"The lab includes powder, pills, chemicals and equipment
including a pill press, which police believe has been used to
"Always of concern is the dangerous and volatile chemicals
that are used.
"The chemicals present a very real threat to the wellbeing of
"We believe it was set up to distribute thousands of pills at
upcoming music festivals over the New Year period.
"The harm these drugs cause has a significant impact on our
health services and can rip families apart."
Three 22-year-old men from the Hutt Valley and Wellington
have been arrested and will appear in the Wellington District
Court today on serious drug charges.
"We are determined to take a zero-tolerance approach to drug
manufacturers and suppliers and use all our available
resources to hold them to account," Mr Leitch said.