10 Mar 2014

P lab flat needs health tests - council

12:49 pm on 10 March 2014

The Wellington City Council says an upmarket apartment thought to have been used as a drug-making laboratory will have to be put through rigorous health tests before it can be rented again.

A pre-dawn police raid on Friday found a pot bubbling on a stove, thought to contain ingredients for producing the drug.

Police in Chews Lane on Friday morning.

Police in Chews Lane on Friday morning. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Council public health spokesperson Raaj Govinda says the owners of the apartment have been advised to have a methamphetamine lab expert assess the damage.

He says the apartment will also need specialist cleaning, and will then need to be retested before being certified as habitable.

But the body corporate chair of Chews Lane Apartments says he has not been contacted by the council to say rigorous tests are needed before the apartment can be rented.

Peter Clark says police have told him potential contamination is likely to be at the lower end of the scale.

He says he will talk to the council about what is required when tests come back from Environmental Science & Research about the extent of contamination.

Four people have been charged with possessing a Class A drug for the purposes of supply as a result of the raid.