Strike Force Clune: police manhunt continues for suspects wanted for questioning about Inverell drug labs

On the run: Police are hunting at least three suspects behind this drug lab in Mitchell Crescent in Inverell. Superintendent Scott Tanner, inset, said it was one of two meth labs uncovered, inset, by New England police.
On the run: Police are hunting at least three suspects behind this drug lab in Mitchell Crescent in Inverell. Superintendent Scott Tanner, inset, said it was one of two meth labs uncovered, inset, by New England police.

A GROUP of at least three suspects remain on the run as the investigations into two elaborate drug houses continue in the Inverell area.

Police have confirmed at least three suspects are wanted by officers and have fled the area.

The crime scenes in Winterwood Road in Tingha and Mitchell Crescent have been processed by forensic officers and specialist police, including investigators from the chemical operations unit.

New England Acting Inspector Ross Chilcott told Fairfax Media investigators would forensically examine more than 400 goods seized from the properties.

“There are three suspects who could assist with inquiries with a possibility of further suspects being identified once forensic examinations have been completed,” he said.

“We are attempting to locate the three suspects and investigations continue.”

There are three suspects who could assist with inquiries with a possibility of further suspects being identified once forensic examinations have been completed.

New England Acting Inspector Ross Chilcott

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Strike Force Clune – a secret operation spearheaded by New England detectives, the drug and firearms’ squad and the chemical operations unit – is investigating the drug manufacturing ring, and its supply links to the Inverell area.

The group face penalties of up to life imprisonment if found guilty of manufacturing or supplying large quantities of the drug ice.

Last week, New England Superintendent Scott Tanner urged the suspects – who know police are chasing them – to hand themselves in.

“These people know who they are and we want to speak to them,” he said.

“We’re confident that these people have been shut down for now but as a community we have to remain vigilant.”

He said the war on drugs would continue, and ramp up, with the help of the community. “Police can only do and act on information they receive,” he said.

“Things to look out for include a strong chemical smell, people coming and going late at night or in the early hours of the morning, a constant stream of traffic.

These people know who they are and we want to speak to them.

New England Superintendent Scott Tanner

“If you suspect something is not right or you notice these tell-tale signs, you need to contact police and we will investigate.”

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