Drug raids net re­sults

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

SEVEN peo­ple will face Gayn­dah Mag­is­trates Court to­day on drug re­lated charges.

This is a re­sult of po­lice raids in the Gayn­dah and Mun­dub­bera ar­eas.

An­other per­son will face Mun­dub­bera Mag­is­trates Court next month.

Gayn­dah Po­lice Sergeant Josh Ryan said the co­or­di­nated raids were a re­sult of ex­ten­sive in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing.

“Over the last 12 months we’ve seen a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in drug re­lated driv­ing of­fences,” Sgt Ryan said.

“Due to the cul­ti­va­tion of in­tel­li­gence from mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and us­ing spe­cialised po­lice, such as those from Bris­bane and our de­tec­tives, we’ve re­viewed all our in­tel­li­gence hold­ings on hand. “Which led to us ex­e­cut­ing ap­prox­i­mately 14 search war­rants in the Gayn­dah and Mun­dub­bera ar­eas.”

The peo­ple have been charged with of­fences rang­ing from pos­ses­sion of dan­ger­ous drugs and uten­sils to fail­ing to dis­pose of a sy­ringe.

“Raids were con­ducted on a range of prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing both res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties and a num­ber of ru­ral and farm­ing prop­er­ties,” Sgt Ryan said.

“Tar­get­ing not just the users of drugs but also those that are al­leged to cul­ti­vate and sub­se­quently dis­trib­ute drugs within the com­mu­nity and wider area.”

Sgt Ryan thanked the com­mu­nity for their sup­port.

“And for pro­vid­ing in­tel­li­gence, I ask the com­mu­nity to con­tinue to pro­vide that cru­cial in­for­ma­tion,” Sgt Ryan said.

“This in­for­ma­tion has been cul­ti­vated over 12 months and we are ac­tively tar­get­ing per­sons in­volved in il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Due to the high num­ber of drug driv­ing of­fences and sub­se­quent raids we will con­tinue our com­mit­ment to tar­get these per­sons.”

The op­er­a­tion ran over three days.

“It re­quired the sys­tem­atic ex­e­cu­tion of search war­rants at in­di­vid­ual lo­ca­tions,” Sgt Ryan said.

More of­fi­cers were also brought in to as­sist in the op­er­a­tion.

“The op­er­a­tion is tar­get­ing the cul­ti­va­tion, sup­ply and pos­ses­sion of drugs within the Western Area, so coun­try town out here,” Sgt Ryan said.

“We utilised staff and de­tec­tives from Mary­bor­ough and the State Crime Com­mand from Bris­bane known as the Cannabis and Firearms Unit. “Along with of­fi­cers from the Stock and Ru­ral Crime Unit and staff from Gayn­dah, Mun­dub­bera and Biggen­den.”

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

DRUGS: Po­lice seized drugs and other para­pher­na­lia dur­ing co-or­di­nated raids across the re­gion.

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