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Three people found in Wellington clan lab

Three people found in Wellington clan lab

Wellington Police are interviewing two males and one female who were found in the property of a suspected clan lab at a Chews Lane apartment this morning.

A third male has been arrested after he arrived at the property shortly after the execution of the search warrant this morning and will be charged with methamphetamine-related offences.

Police have secured the property and it will be examined by ESR scientists after the Police Clan Lab team have assessed it as safe.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Leitch says "This demonstrates that these labs can be setup almost anywhere and people need to be vigilant."

"We would encourage anyone who sees unusual comings and goings or notices chemical smells to get in contact with Police."

"These labs present a real risk of fire, explosion or chemical contamination and can pop up right next door."

Most residents are now back in the building apart from two apartments on either side of the suspected clan lab scene. Police are working to return the residents as soon as it is safe to do so.

One Police staff member was examined by ambulance staff after decontamination and is not reporting any significant adverse symptoms. All other Police and Fire staff who underwent decontamination did not require medical attention.

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