RAIDS NAB EIGHT
RAIDS at homes in Townsville’s northern suburbs have uncovered marijuana plants growing in a backyard and a small methamphetamine lab.
Seven homes were targeted by police from Deeragun on Thursday, with eight arrested on a total of 22 charges relating to drug possession and production.
Two small plots of marijuana were uncovered in the backyard of a home in Jensen, with police ripping 29 plants out of the ground, as well as seizing 480g of dried cannabis.
A 40- year- old woman was arrested and charged with a raft of offences including the production and possession of drugs in relation to the backyard crop.
Officer- in- charge of Deeragun police Senior Sergeant Brett Humphreys said it was important for police to conduct drug operations to get the toxic substances off the streets.
“We’ve charged four people in relation to the production of cannabis … there was also a producing charge that related to speed, where we found a small active clandestine lab,” Sen- Sgt Humphreys said.
“The other charges related to possession of drugs, including MDMA and cannabis and there is ongoing investigations into further offences.
“It’s an excellent result for the area. We know there is a nexus between property crime and drugs.’’
He said the amount of drugs found in the area was a concern, but police would continue to be active in clearing the northern suburbs of drugs.
“It’s concerning that we are getting these types of drugs and finding labs.
“Deeragun police have always been proactive when it comes to this sort of work and if we keep continuing to get these results, we certainly aren’t going to ease off.
“We will continue to be very proactive in relation to these types of offences and it’s excellent to have this amount of stuff off the streets.”
Sen- Sgt Humphreys said a lot of the information that led to the arrest of these offenders was given to police and Crime Stoppers.
“If you have any information about drug crime, or any crime, give us or Crime Stoppers ( 1800 333 000) a call.”
The eight offenders Townsville Magistrates August. will front Court in