Wednesday 21 February 2018

'Breaking Bad'-style crystal meth laboratory uncovered in the capital

Some of the paraphenalia discovered in the raid
Some of the paraphenalia discovered in the raid

Ken Foy

GardaÍ arrested a 50-year-old man after raiding a suspected crystal meth lab in the capital.

Officers from the Crumlin drugs unit raided the lab at the Greenhills Road in Walkinstown and seized at least 15 litres of chemicals which gardaí believe were to be used to make the deadly drug.

In scenes reminiscent of the hit TV series 'Breaking Bad', officers also found equipment including a gas mask, face masks, and digital weighing scales.

They seized plastic containers, chemical compound, a portable stove, butane gas, and plastic funnels. A 50-year-old Czech national was arrested at the scene and he was last night being detained at Sundrive Road Garda Station under drug-dealing legislation.

Investigations have established that he had been living in Ireland for at least seven years.

Specialist gardaí had been watching the suspected lab for around a fortnight.

The bustis considered "significant" with the street value of the drugs seized thought to be in excess of €450,000

"It is very unusual for a crystal meth lab to be uncovered in this country," a source said.

"It has long been suspected that Eastern European nationals have been involved in the manufacture and distribution of this deadly drug here.

"There is no information yet on what Irish gangs this suspect may be involved with."

Cheaper than crack cocaine, meth's popularity with addicts is also due to its intense high.

The highly addictive drug produces a rush that can last for up to 12 hours, but leaves users with a terrible comedown.

Irish Independent

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