Police raid on 'Breaking Bad' lab in Weston-Super-Mare
Five men are in police custody following an investigation into the production of Methamphetamine in Weston-super-Mare.
Officers from the Serious Crime Group were alerted to a laboratory in the town via a local intelligence network which sees the police working in partnership with health authorities.
Methamphetamine is one of the most dangerous and addictive Class A drugs.
The men, aged 38, 34, 40, 37 and 45, were all arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply a Class A drug.
The arrests were made yesterday as officers executed warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Four addresses were searched and more than 200 exhibits have been seized.
Evidence of methamphetamine production was found at two of these addresses.
Police have also seized large quantities of chemicals for the production of Methamphetamine as well as equipment and a 'lab' contained within a box.
Local intelligence networks were set up following the Shipman Inquiry. They aim to ensure the safe management of controlled drugs. Pharmacies and local health trusts can refer any unusual purchases or activity to the police.
Methamphetamine is known to have a devastating impact not only on those that take it but on associated crime in the areas it is sold. As a result it was made a Class A drug in 2007.
Avon and Somerset's Drug Strategy Manager Paul Bunt said: "We have always treated this drug extremely seriously. Not only is it hugely addictive the production of it is a highly dangerous process.
"It is very rare to come across the production of methamphetamine in this country let alone in our force area. However due to the successful relationship we have with the health authorities we were able to act swiftly so it did not reach our streets.
"We have seen the devastating impact this drug has had in America, Australia and South Africa and must do everything in our power to prevent it becoming common place in the UK."
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