Secret drug labs were discovered inside a San Souci home where police seized millions of dollars worth of an oil that is used to make ecstasy-like tablets.
Police say they seized the largest amount of PMMA oil ever located in Australia after raiding the house.
The 120 litres of oil, which had the potential to create 480,000 pills with a street value of $18 million, was located in a hidden lab in the house.
Behind a newly-constructed wall inside the property’s garage, police also discovered two additional, clandestine laboratories.
Officers also seized 1.5kg of methylamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and cash.
A 60-year-old male resident of the home was charged with various drug offences.
Detective Superintendent Nick Bingham said PMMA was a dangerous chemical often used to produce a tablet which is sold under the guise of ecstasy.
‘‘Some drug manufacturers cook and then press PMMA into a tablet form, before selling it to unsuspecting drug users as ecstasy,’’ Detective Superintendent Bingham said.
‘‘While PMMA does elicit similar effects to ecstasy, it takes a longer time to do so.
‘‘As a result, there is a very real risk of users overdosing on the drug.
‘‘We’ve seen cases where people take one tablet and because they don’t get a hit as quickly as they normally would, they assume it is weak ecstasy and ingest a second tablet.
‘‘Eventually, they start to feel the effects of a double dose of PMMA and find themselves in all sorts of trouble.’’
Further charges are expected to be laid.