Police uncovered a large scale clandestine laboratory and three stolen cars in Colrado Court, Hallam. Picture: Nicole Garmston Source: Herald Sun
A MAJOR clandestine laboratory and allegedly stolen cars have been uncovered by police sniffer dogs at a factory in the city's southeast.
The building in Colrado Crt in Hallam, about 40km from Melbourne, was stormed by detectives flanked by the dog squad about 9pm.
The officers had initially descended on the property in search of a man who had failed to appear at court this week in relation to drug charges, but the raid intensified after three allegedly stolen cars were found on the premises.
Officers arrested a 40-year-old Hallam man outside the property after one of the cars parked in the factory driveway was identified as potentially being involved in an armed robbery in Beaconsfield on Monday.
Investigators combed the car at the location and uncovered a sawn off shot-gun and knife.
The police dog squad scoured the property after a person fled into the factory following the arrival of police at the scene.
Members of the canine unit – who detected the large scale lab – found a 42-year-old man from Koo Wee Rup and a 22-year-old woman from Hallam who were also arrested at the scene.
The pair are assisting police with their inquiries.
Clandestine Laboratory Squad detectives rendered the area safe overnight to allow for the lab to be assessed in the morning.
It is believed it will take at least one day to dismantle the lab, which was guarded by police overnight.
Investigations are continuing in relation to the armed robbery in Beaconsfield on Monday and it believed those responsible are still at large.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or log onto www.crimestoppers.com.au
Police at the alleged clandestine laboratory in Colrado Court, Hallam.