Man arrested, appears in court after drug lab discovered in Redwood, Christchurch

The drug lab was discovered at a property in Christchurch's suburb of Redwood.
The drug lab was discovered at a property in Christchurch's suburb of Redwood. Photo credit: Newshub (file)

Police have arrested a man in Christchurch following the discovery of a drug laboratory at a property in Redwood. 

The 51-year-old faces charges of importing/exporting drugs and cultivating cannabis. 

Meanwhile, police said further charges are being considered as the investigation continues. 

The person was taken into custody after police executed a search warrant at a residential address in Redwood at around 7:30am Thursday and a clandestine drug laboratory was located, Canterbury CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Johnson said.  

Police National Clandestine Laboratory Response Team were in attendance at the address to conduct an examination and safely handle the scene. 

A 51-year-old man appeared in the Christchurch District Court later on Thursday. 

The discovery of the drug laboratory has been described as "unacceptable" by police. 

"Police work hard to disrupt the supply of illicit drugs into our community, as it has the potential to cause immense harm in our community," Det Snr Srg Johnson said.

"Police want to acknowledge the incredible support of our communities and the depth of feeling about the harm the distribution of drugs is causing. 

"We are committed to investigating both individuals and organised criminal groups who cause that harm, and a big part of that is the information we receive from the public."