Drugs seized in oper­a­tion

Isis Town and Country - - FRONT PAGE - By EMILY PRAIN

A CHILDERS tat­too par­lour has be­come in­volved in a crack­down on crim­i­nal mo­tor­cy­cle gangs, af­ter raids at the busi­ness and a pri­vate res­i­dence that po­lice say un­cov­ered steroids, ec­stasy, syn­thetic am­phet­a­mine and $11,000 cash.

Sav­age Tat­too artist Jim Sav­age was charged with im­port­ing a con­trolled sub­stance af­ter de­tec­tives from the state Task Force Max­ima searched the Churchill St busi­ness and Ap­ple Tree Creek home on Mon­day.

Task Force Max­ima was es­tab­lished last year to dis­rupt, dis­man­tle and elim­i­nate crim­i­nal mo­tor­cy­cle gangs.

The task force has been in Bund­aberg the past two days tar­get­ing drug dis­tri­bu­tion by gangs gangs and il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity in the tat­too in­dus­try.

“We re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that il­le­gal drugs were be­ing dis­trib­uted from the shop and by the oc­cu­pants of that busi­ness,” Task Force Max­ima De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Brendan Smith said.

Noth­ing was dis­cov­ered at the busi­ness but when Mr Sav­age’s Gen­tle An­nie Rd property was searched, po­lice al­legedly found cash, 54g of white pow­der, 9.5g of syn­thetic mar­i­juana, 54g of steroids and 60 tablets of ta­mox­ifen, an oe­stro­gen-block­ing drug.

Mr Sav­age, and his part­ner and par­lour owner, Grace Cross­land, were re­port­edly found to be op­er­at­ing the par­lour with­out a li­cence.

Insp Smith said the Queens­land Tat­too Par­lours Act 2013 was passed ear­lier this year in an ef­fort to “drive un­de­sir­ables out of the in­dus­try”.

This act meant a tat­too par­lour owner re­quired a li­cence to op­er­ate.

“All artists and their em­ploy­ees must have their own li­cence as well,” Insp Smith.

Late last year the Town & Coun­try spoke to Ms Cross­land, who said the in­tro­duc­tion of a li­cens­ing regime for tat­too par­lours and artists would “push the tat­too in­dus­try un­der­ground and en­cour­age back­yard jobs”.

PHOTO: SI­MON YOUNG

HOT­WA­TER: Bund­aberg Po­lice seized drugs from the home of Childers tat­too artist Jim Sav­age and his part­ner Grace Cross­land (pic­tured).

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