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