Police arrest 53-year-old man in Broken Hill drug raid over chemicals found in search

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Police in far-west New South Wales have arrested a 53-year-old man after allegedly discovering what they say are chemicals used in the manufacture of drugs at a Broken Hill house.

The local man was taken into custody after allegedly attempting to hinder the search of the Patton Street property on Thursday morning.

A second man was also arrested at the property on outstanding charges, as specialist police chemists from the State Crime Command conducted the search, which finished on Friday evening.

Barrier Local Area Command Superintendent Paul Smith said investigations are still under way and police expect to lay drug-related charges.

“We’re looking for information, we’re targeting the suppliers, that’s our main concern,” he said.

“If you have any information about drugs, especially those dealing, and you haven’t shared it with your local police, please do so.”

He said the search was part of an increased focus on drug manufacture in the far west.

“It’s not just methamphetamine, we’ve certainly got plenty of other drugs out there in the market as well that’s causing a lot of people a lot of grief,” he said.

Police earlier this month confirmed a drug-related death in Broken Hill, and said it came after a number of other medical emergencies caused by drug use.

[Source:- abcnet]