WARSAW, March 25 Polish police said on Wednesday
it had closed down the largest amphetamine factory ever
discovered in Poland and seized nearly 20 kilograms of high
quality amphetamine with a street value of around 600,000 zlotys
Poland is a major producer of amphetamine and while other
narcotics such as cocaine tend to be imported, amphetamine is
produced locally both for domestic consumption and export,
according to police.
Police said they stormed the premises in the Czosnow
municipality near Warsaw and arrested two men at the factory
which housed a sophisticated chemical laboratory.
The unassuming property, painted white and resembling a
farm, may have produced as much as 500 kilograms of the narcotic
this year alone, police said.
"This was pure amphetamine of a very high quality," said
Warsaw Police spokesman Mariusz Mrozek. He said amphetamine was
now seen as a Polish "national product" in the drugs world and
that homegrown chemists were "specialists" in its production.
Police also discovered around 1000 litres of phenylacetone,
a raw material used in the production of amphetamine. Such a
quantity can yield around 700 kilograms of pure amphetamine
worth around 21 million zlotys, they said.
($1 = 3.0464 Polish Zlotys)
(Reporting by Marcin Goettig; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)