Cannabis flushed down toi­let: Po­lice

Five charged in drug raids

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY sa­man­tha. healy@ news. com. au

A MAN al­legedly flushed cannabis down the toi­let dur­ing early morn­ing drug raids across Townsville.

He is one of five men charged with drug of­fences af­ter Mund­ing­burra sta­tion po­lice ex­e­cuted search war­rants in Pim­lico and West End about 6am yesterday.

Prop­er­ties on Gladstone, French and Latch­ford streets in Pim­lico, and a house on Stag­pole Street at West End, were raided.

It will be al­leged that a Pim­lico man, aged 20, flushed about half an ounce of cannabis down the toi­let when po­lice ar­rived at his house.

He has been charged with traf­fick­ing and sup­ply of cannabis, pos­sess­ing drug uten­sils, pos­sess­ing a thing used in con­nec­tion with a crime and de­stroy­ing ev­i­dence.

Another man at the house, aged 26, was also charged with pos­sess­ing cannabis and metham­phetamines.

Both men will ap­pear at the Townsville Mag­is­trates Court on July 16.

Three more men were also charged.

A 22- year- old Pim­lico man was charged with pos­sess­ing metham­phetamines, pos­sess­ing drug uten­sils and pos­sess­ing a thing used in the com­mis­sion of a crime.

A 36- year- old man was also charged with pos­sess­ing a small amount of cannabis, pos­sess­ing drug uten­sils and pos­sess­ing a thing used in the com­mis­sion of a crime.

They will both face court on July 27.

A 24- year- old West End man charged with pos­sess­ing a small amount of cannabis will take part in the Po­lice Drug Di­ver­sion Pro­gram.

The pro­gram gives peo­ple the chance to re­ceive pro­fes­sional help to ad­dress their drug use.

Act­ing Sergeant Ryan Thompson said the seizure of the cannabis was a win for po­lice.

“It means those sub­stances will no longer find their way into the Townsville com­mu­nity,” he said.

“The mes­sage to peo­ple sup­ply­ing dan­ger­ous drugs in Townsville is that they just never know who might dob them in.”

Po­lice of­ten con­duct sim­i­lar smaller- scale drug oper­a­tions around the city as a re­sult of in­tel­li­gence from var­i­ous sources.

It means

those sub­stances will no longer find their way in to the Townsville com­mu­nity SGT RYAN THOMPSON

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