Sydney unit fire leads police to makeshift drug lab and $30m of ice

 smh.com.au  3/13/2018 11:30:39 PM 

Sydney unit fire leads police to makeshift drug lab and $30m of ice

A manhunt is underway after a makeshift drug laboratory and more than $30 million worth of ice was uncovered by firefighters responding to a unit fire in Sydney’s north-west.

The clandestine lab was discovered when emergency services were called to the unit on Hazelwood Palce at Epping shortly before midday on Monday.

After the fire was extinguished a crime scene was established, before the lab was dismantled by Fire and Rescue NSW Hazmat and the NSW police's Drug and Firearms Squad’s Chemical Operations Unit.

It is understood more than 60kg of methylamphetamine, with a street value of more than $30 million, was seized by local Ryde detectives.

The apartment complex where the fire occurred

The apartment complex where the fire occurred

Photo: Lucy Cormack

Police are now searching for a man aged between 20 and 30, who they believe to have left the area shortly before emergency crews arrived.

He has been described as being 180cm tall, of solid build, of olive or tanned complexion and with dark hair.

It is thought the man may also be suffering facial burns.

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