DETECTIVES are appealing for public information in relation to a possible drug lab at a Mernda property.
Police executed a warrant at a house on Breadalbane Avenue on February 24 after evidence was reviewed from a previous warrant at the same address in late 2021.
Investigators removed multiple items that are suspected of being used to manufacture illicit drugs, as well as other items, which will be forensically analysed to obtain further information.
Clandestine Laboratory Squad Detective Acting Inspector Nick Allwood said the investigation highlighted some of the significant impacts illicit drugs had on the community.
“There was significant damage caused to this house and there is every possibility it will no longer be able to be occupied,” he said.
“Rehabilitation costs can be significant and cost thousands of dollars, and there have been instances where entire homes have needed to be bulldozed and a rebuild has to occur.”
Police believe the house has been unoccupied since November 2021.
It was located in a state of disrepair, and rubbish found around the property was believed to contain harmful substances including chemicals and drug waste product.
Council were notified and have attended the address.
“On this occasion, the property is in a built-up area where there is unsuspecting neighbours close by, a park across the road, and a school not too far away,” Mr Allwood said.
“Illicit drug labs are incredibly dangerous and have the potential to cause significant health harm in communities.”
The investigation remains ongoing and detectives are keen to speak to anyone who has information about the property and any previous occupants.
Witnesses have told police that a man and woman appeared to be living at the house until November last year.
They drove a grey Holden sedan and were often seen walking a dog described as being similar to a whippet or a greyhound.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppers.com.au.