Police have uncovered another clandestine P lab on Auckland’s North Shore, this time in the suburb of Birkdale, after neighbours reported strong chemical smells.
Press releases stated
Police have found a P lab in the suburb of Birkdale on Auckland’s North Shore.
They uncovered the clandestine laboratory at a Birkdale Road address after complaints of a strong chemical smell coming from it. Neighbouring properties were evacuated.
The clanlab team and ESR scientists are examining the scene and the occupants of the address are helping police with their enquiries.
Methamphetamine labs have been found in Birkdale before, mostly notably the one in a cul-de-sac property that was raided two years ago.
The ‘cook’ at the Birkdale property was an accomplice to well known Kiwi drummer Jay “Bula’’ Foulkes who played alongside the likes of Dave Dobbyn, Tim Finn, Bic Runga and Peking Man.
Foulkes, along with his accomplices, was arrested and charged with manufacturing, supplying and possessing P in October 2009.
Each year New Zealand police find on average about 200 P labs, many of them operating in rented houses. Drug experts have warned that “makeshift labs are ticking time bombs that pose a risk to their occupants and to those who live unsuspectingly alongside them…Often the labs are uncovered only by accident – or after they explode.”
As well as the obvious risk of explosion and fire, contamination from the manufacture of the drug can render a house dangerous to live in, so be sure to know the history of your new home in New Zealand before you move in. Decontamination could cost you as much as $50,000.
Predictably, an increase in the use of the drug has fuelled a rise in insurance claims for damage caused to buildings during the manufacture of the drug. A spokesman for the Insurance Council estimated the costs were between $5 million – $10 million last year (Dec 2010)
Moving to New Zealand in the near future, for more information read our blogs How To Tell If a P Lab Is Operating In Your Neighbourhood and Buying a home in New Zealand? get it checked out for P
Some statistics about P (July 2011) from TV3:
“Amphetamine prevalence in New Zealand remains among the highest in the world and injecting methamphetamine is on the rise, according to the latest United Nations report.
The World Drug Report 2011 shows 2.1 percent of New Zealanders aged 16-64 used amphetamines in the year 2007/2008 and rates of methamphetamine use are still rising, in contrast with Australia.
Among frequent injecting drug users in New Zealand those who injected methamphetamine increased from 40 percent in 2006 to 50 percent in 2009.
Managing Director of Methcon and former police drug squad detective Dale Kirk says not enough is being done to educate people on the dangers of methamphetamine, or on getting addicts into meaningful programs to deal with addiction…” more here