Waikato Police are awaiting the arrival of Auckland based forensic teams as they seek to establish the nature of a clandestine drug laboratory located in a rural area west of Huntly today.
Detective Senior Sergeant Nigel Keall says detectives, assisted by members of the Waikato Armed Offenders Squad, carried out a search warrant at the property this afternoon.
"Four people were found at the address along with what appears to be a clandestine laboratory that had been set up to manufacture Class B controlled drugs.
"Armed staff were used to support the search of the property to ensure the safety of not only our own investigators but members of the public as well given the frequency of which we are encountering firearms at locations where illicit drugs are being made or distributed."
Mr Keall says the occupants of the address are currently being interviewed by police and what charges they face will be determined by the results of the search of the property by an Auckland based Clan Lab team and analysis to be conducted by ESR.
While pleased with this latest discovery Mr Keall warned Waikato residents to be wary of the continuing threat posed by individuals and organisations involved with illicit drugs.
"Drugs are a threat to the whole of our society regardless of your social status. From homeowners whose property is stolen to pay for drugs through to farmers who have equipment stolen to assist in production, drugs effect both the rural and urban communities.
"Anyone with information on what they believe to be illegal drug activity is encouraged to make contact with your local Police; your call will be treated in confidence."
Alternatively information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Source: Waikato Police