Sus­pects fail dog sniff test

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ben Leahy

Pas­sen­gers ar­riv­ing at Pil­bara air­ports came faceto-nose with snif­fer dogs last week as law en­force­ment agen­cies seized metham­phetamine and cannabis from trav­ellers and parcels sent through the post.

The joint Pil­bara de­tec­tives and Aus­tralian Bor­der Force op­er­a­tions named Aboard and Ajax ran from May 10-13 at Port Hed­land and Kar­ratha air­ports and the towns’ three Aus­tralia Post out­lets.

Pil­bara District Of­fi­cer Act­ing De­tec­tive-In­spec­tor Tony Langer said his team charged three males and one fe­male with pro­hib­ited drug of­fences as a re­sult of the op­er­a­tions with de­tec­tives set to in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther.

“Dur­ing the op­er­a­tion, MDMA was seized from a male pas­sen­ger on the Mel­bourne to Hed­land flight and cannabis was also seized from a male at the Kar­ratha air­port,” he said.

“Cannabis, methy­lam­phetamine and LSD were seized from South Hed­land Post of­fice and a quan­tity of methy­lam­phetamine was seized at Kar­ratha Post Of­fice.”

The op­er­a­tion comes af­ter a $14.9 mil­lion twoyear fund­ing boost to the Men­tal Health Com­mis­sion for meth-tar­geted pro­grams in last week’s Bud­get and $5.5 mil­lion for ex­tra road­side drug test­ing. It fol­lows Op­er­a­tion Red­wa­ter in De­cem­ber 2014 and Jan­uary 2015, when po­lice searched work­ers fly­ing into Pil­bara mine sites and pulled over on lo­cal roads.

Act­ing Det-Insp. Langer said his team had in­tel­li­gence that drugs were en­ter­ing the Pil­bara through com­mer­cial flights and the mail.

“This is a de­ter­rent so they know that any time they are going to get off a plane there is a good chance they will get searched,” he said.

Pic­ture: Ben Leahy

Pil­bara District Act­ing De­tec­tive-In­spec­tor Tony Langer and a col­league search for drugs.

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