The apartment and four people had to be decontaminated
after the discovery of the clan lab early this morning.
Photo / APNZ
Four people appeared in court today facing charges
related to a P lab that was discovered in a central Wellington
apartment early today.
They were all granted name suppression when they appeared at
the Wellington District Court this afternoon.
They were each charged with possession of methamphetamine for
Two were remanded in custody and two were remanded on bail
until hearings later this month.
Police stormed the Chews Lane apartment shortly after 5am,
and were surprised to discover a clandestine laboratory.
The 19-storey apartment complex, which opened about five
years ago, was evacuated after the discovery.
Police closed nearby streets while a decontamination tent was
set up between the Wellington police district headquarters
and the central library.
One police officer was examined by ambulance staff after
decontamination and is not reporting any significant adverse
symptoms. No other police or fire staff who underwent
decontamination needed medical attention.
The Victoria St end of Chews Lane - a well-used pedestrian
alley that houses cafes, a bar and apartments - is directly
opposite the police and library buildings.
Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Leitch said police executed a
search warrant after members of the public tipped them off to
drugs at the address.
"The police kind of tripped upon this lab - we didn't realise
there would be a lab there, so we weren't prepared for a
Three people were arrested - two men and a woman - and
decontaminated before being taken to the police station.
Another man arrived while police were at the apartment and
was also arrested.
Residents of some of the 95 apartments said they were
evacuated about 7am - about two hours after the search
warrant was executed.
Most residents were allowed back into the building early this
afternoon, apart from two apartments on either side of the