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Op­er­a­tion yields drug haul

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Peter de Krui­jff

Ec­stasy and MDMA were among the drugs found in cars searched as part of a spe­cial two-week op­er­a­tion by po­lice in the Pil­bara.

Po­lice had stopped 1400 ve­hi­cles by Mon­day morn­ing as part of Op­er­a­tion Sil­ver Edi­tion, which started on Au­gust 17.

On Sun­day, po­lice and Main Roads WA stopped 415 trucks and other ve­hi­cles, is­su­ing 91 ve­hi­cle-re­lated cau­tions, and seiz­ing one ve­hi­cle.

Pil­bara Crime In­tel­li­gence Co­or­di­na­tion Unit act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Paul An­der­son said of­fi­cers checked per­mits, weight dock­ets, and load and speed re- stric­tions. “We did five ve­hi­cle and truck searches with the drug dog, Ti­tan, lo­cat­ing ec­stasy tablets and MDMA,” he said.

Sen. Sgt An­der­son said the heavy haulage in­dus­try would be heav­ily mon­i­tored as po­lice and Gov­ern­ment looked to en­force speed re­stric­tions on trucks.

Ve­hi­cles with a gross mass of 4.5 tonnes or higher are lim­ited to trav­el­ling 100km/h in 110km/h zones.

Those with a 23.5 tonne load ex­emp­tion can only go travel at 90km/h.

Sen. Sgt An­der­son said the Pil­bara traf­fic unit would be ac­tively polic­ing these lim­its.

Po­lice also set up a road­block at the Fortes­cue Road­house on Fri­day morn­ing.

They stopped 66 ve­hi­cles, which Sen. Sgt An­der­son said got the “Rolls Royce treat­ment” of drug wipes, road­wor­thi­ness checks, drug searches, li­cence checks, and a driver re­viver.

“The team worked tire­lessly and fluid and the ex­er­cise was re­ally well re­ceived,” he said.

“It was a great op­por­tu­nity to pass the brochures out and have a chat about driv­ing tired, rest breaks and the like.”

Two road users out of 41 swiped tested pos­i­tive for drugs.

There were five sum­monses to court is­sued for drug-re­lated ma­te­rial.

Pic­ture: Peter de Krui­jff

Ti­tan the drug sniff­ing dog checks out a car at the Fortes­cue Road­house.

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