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

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.”

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