Cops seize drugs, booze Palm Is­land raids sig­nal ‘ proac­tive ap­proach’

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS MCMA­HON chris. mcma­hon@ news. com. au

HOMES on Palm Is­land have been raided by po­lice in an at­tempt to clear the streets of il­le­gal al­co­hol and drugs.

Po­lice seized 45 litres of al­co­hol, in­clud­ing wine, rum and other spir­its, with a street value of about $ 3000, cannabis and more than $ 6000 in cash, which they will al­lege were the pro­ceed of drug of­fences.

Twenty- one people were charged with a to­tal of 25 of­fences in re­la­tion to liquor and drugs as part of an on­go­ing bid to rid the is­land of booze banned un­der the Al­co­hol Man­age­ment Plan ( AMP).

In­spec­tor Damien Crosby de­scribed the op­er­a­tion over the past week as suc­cess­ful.

“Some of ( the of­fend­ers ar­rested) were known to each other, there was no sug­ges­tion that it was a large syn­di­cate or an or­ches­trated cam­paign in re­la­tion to sly grog­ging or drugs,” Insp Crosby said.

“It comes as a more proac­tive stance. Palm Is­land still has sig­nif­i­cant is­sues in re­la­tion to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and al­co­hol­fu­elled vi­o­lence and we know that drugs and al­co­hol are causal fac­tors for the lev­els of vi­o­lence over there.

“It’s a con­tin­u­a­tion of pre­vi­ous en­force­ment ac­tiv­i­ties and op­er­a­tions ( and) it re­in­forces that po­lice will be proac­tive on the is­land in re­spect to liquor and drug of­fences.

“We will con­tinue to tar­get these people com­mit­ting of­fences on the is­land.”

Insp Crosby said there was no deny­ing po­lice did not catch all the drugs and al­co­hol shipped over to the is­land.

“Some of the al­co­hol was seized at the ferry ter­mi­nal but the drugs were lo­cated as a re­sult of search war­rants at homes,” he said.

“We are com­pletely re­al­is­tic that there are var­i­ous method­olo­gies used to get al­co­hol onto the is­land in ven­tion of the AMP.

“We are re­al­is­tic that the seizures we do de­tect are only a frac­tion of what is be­ing brought onto the is­land.”

Op­er­a­tions tar­get­ing sly grog­ging and drug run­ning on to Palm Is­land will con­tinue with po­lice ask­ing for mem­bers of the pub­lic to come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion that can help po­lice, call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000. con­tra-

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