Keeping Watch – How to Spot an Illegal Drug Lab

The Commonwealth Government has developed new national guidelines on remediating sites used to manufacture illicit drugs. The Clandestine Drug Laboratory Remediation Guidelines provide a step-by-step process to determine whether a site is contaminated, and assist in making a decision about how it should be cleaned.

Some key indicators of clandestine laboratory activity may include:

  • Blacked-out windows;
  • Evidence of chemical supplies or chemical waste on premises;
  • Strong chemical smells coming from premises;
  • Frequent visitors at irregular times; and
  • Excessive ventilation or security measures.

To view the guidelines visit the Australian Government, Attorney-General’s Department at

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