Police seek help to trace drugs
Students find ice on pitch
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.
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.