Suspected drug lab uncovered at Mickleham quarantine centre

Police have reportedly uncovered a drug lab hidden in a unit at Melbourne’s former COVID-19 quarantine hub following a tip-off from staff working at the $580 million facility.

Officers attended the Centre for National Resilience in Mickleham, in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, about 4.30pm on Tuesday after workers alerted the force of potential criminal activity at a unit.

Units at the Mickleham quarantine centre.Credit:Paul Jeffers

Police stumbled upon drug-making paraphernalia, according to Seven News.

A Victoria Police spokesperson confirmed officers were called to the Mickleham facility on Tuesday and uncovered a series of suspicious items inside a unit. Those items now form part of an ongoing investigation.

A spokeswoman for the Victorian government said staff at the facility – which is currently being used to house flood victims – were the first to raise the alarm.

“As this is now under police investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment [further],” she said.

Mickleham was used for quarantine purposes for eight months last year.

The hub, which has 1000 beds and is fitted with more than 500 CCTV cameras for contact tracing, housed more than 2000 people between opening as a quarantine facility in February and closing in October.

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