By Claire Haynes 3/2/06
Last Easter, the National Crime Squad busted an illicit drug lab based inside
unremarkable portacabins on an industrial estate in Liverpool. What they found
inside was a production process which was capable of making GBP1 million worth
of amphetamine in a week.
Operation Chamform took out an entire amphetamine operation from producer
through to street dealer. Officers believe the five men involved were on the way
to producing and selling 60 kg of the drug, which had a street value of GBP7.5
million. It was also the first time that industrial-sized pressure reaction
vessels, used for producing the drug on a large scale in Europe, had been found
Det Ch Supt (acting) Nick Lewis, from the National Crime Squad, said: 'There is
very little in the way of illicit drugs produced in the UK. Heroin and cocaine
and even ecstasy - the majority is produced or prepared for production abroad.
So, obviously, when we get a hint that production is underway [in the UK] we do
take that seriously.'
171 of 1,435 words
[End of non-subscriber
The full version of this article is accessible through our subscription