Teenager to face court on drug charges after drug lab in UC residence explodes

Lachlan Roberts 1 November 2018

A 19-year-old man will face the ACT Magistrates Court charged with manufacturing a controlled drug, following an explosion which forced a section of a University of Canberra student residence to be evacuated on Tuesday night (30 October).

Around 8 pm, emergency services along with ACT Criminal Investigations, AFP Forensics and AFP Bomb Response responded to reports of an explosion at the University of Canberra’s Cooper Lodge.

The teenager was transported to hospital and a section of the residence was evacuated.

Following an examination of the scene, police determined that the room was being used as a clandestine laboratory. Investigators recovered drug-related paraphernalia from the scene, including quantities of chemicals as well as a notebook with the chemical formula for MDMA.

The 19-year-old man was arrested at hospital and subsequently charged with one count of manufacturing a controlled drug.

Police said the scene has been contained, and there is no ongoing threat to public safety.

Police are urging anyone who may have any information that could assist police to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Please quote reference 6325091. Information can be provided anonymously.

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