Po­lice seek help to trace drugs

Stu­dents find ice on pitch

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

PO­LICE are try­ing to de­ter­mine how a con­tainer of methy­lam­phetamines, also known as ice, was found at an Ayr school last week.

Stu­dents from the East Ayr State School found the sus­pi­cious con­tainer on a cricket pitch on July 22.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Con­sta­ble Nick Bach of the Ayr Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch said po­lice were called to the school around lunchtime.

“Po­lice were pro­vided with a con­tainer of crys­talline sub­stance that had been handed to teach­ers,” he said.

“Ini­tial tests


a pos­i­tive re­sult for methy­lam­phetamines and fur­ther test­ing is on­go­ing.”

Sen- Con­sta­ble Bach said foren­sic of­fi­cers were also ex­am­in­ing the con­tainer and four plas­tic bags for fin­ger­prints and other ev­i­dence.

He said the con­tainer held 0.4g of methy­lam­phetamine with a street value of $ 200.

“We don’t yet know how or when it came to be on the cricket pitch,” he said.

“Our in­ves­ti­ga­tions have shown there were no re­ports of unau­tho­rised per­sons on the grounds prior to it be­ing lo­cated.

“How­ever, the school grounds only have a small fence and it is of­ten used as a thor­ough­fare by peo­ple go­ing through nearby streets. There is no sug­ges­tion that any of the stu­dents are in­volved.” Q U E E N S L A N D E R S h a v e been warned about more af­ter­shocks af­ter a 5.3- mag­ni­tude earth­quake shook the state’s south­east.

The sur­prise quake struck at 9.41am yesterday with the epi­cen­tre in the Coral Sea, roughly 100km off the Fraser Coast, and was fol­lowed by 3.9 and 3.4- mag­ni­tude af­ter­shocks.

It was one of the big­gest seis­mic ac­tiv­i­ties recorded in the state’s history.

Geo­science Aus­tralia se­nior seis­mol­o­gist Dan Jaksa said larger af­ter­shocks were also a def­i­nite pos­si­bil­ity over the next few days.

“The like­li­hood of another quake is al­ways greater af­ter the ini­tial event,” he said.

“The crust of the Earth changes, stress points change and it can im­pact the Earth in a funny way.”

Tremors were felt as far north as Yep­poon, near Rock­hamp­ton, and south to the Gold Coast.

Res­i­dents re­ported that build­ings in Bund­aberg’s CBD were sway­ing.

The quake caused pre­cau­tion­ary evac­u­a­tions in some Bund­aberg busi­nesses, in­clud­ing the seven- storey Auswide Bank build­ing which also suf­fered cracks to sev­eral win­dows.

East Ayr State School prin­ci­pal He­len McCullough sent a let­ter to par­ents ad­vis­ing them of the sus­pi­cious find.

She praised the stu­dents for im­me­di­ately re­port­ing it to staff. “I am very proud of the way the boys who no­ticed the item acted,” she said.

Ms McCullough told par­ents po­lice would be check­ing the school grounds for other sus­pi­cious items.

Sen- Con­sta­ble Bach said po­lice had also in­creased pa­trols around the school.

“We haven’t had an in­crease in methy­lam­phetamine de­tec­tions as such but we have an ad­di­tional plain clothes of­fi­cer which has freed us up to do more drug oper­a­tions.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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