Bor­der is no bar­rier

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS POLICE AND COURT - Liana Turner liana.turner@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

A FA­THER who was al­legedly driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of the drug ice while his chil­dren were in the car, was among those tar­geted by a cross-bor­der po­lice op­er­a­tion on the Tweed and Gold Coast on Thurs­day.

A to­tal of 17 of­fi­cers from the Tweed/by­ron Lo­cal Area Com­mand, 18 from Queens­land Po­lice and four Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice worked to­gether in Op­er­a­tion Uni­son, which spanned from the Broad­beach area to as far south as Chin­derah.

Tweed/by­ron LAC duty of­fi­cer In­spec­tor Luke Arthurs said the op­er­a­tion saw po­lice ar­rest peo­ple who had been wanted for years.

A 52-year-old woman, who had been wanted for the past two-and-a-half years, was ar­rested on seven fraud-re­lated of­fences.

A Cur­rumbin man, 31, had war­rants for in­tim­i­da­tion and as­sault charges and had been wanted for three years.

A Coolan­gatta man, 52, was ar­rested on an al­leged breach of an ap­pre­hended vi­o­lence or­der.

The trio was taken to South­port, and NSW po­lice were seek­ing their ex­tra­di­tions.

Insp Arthurs said while the three agen­cies of­ten worked to­gether across the bor­der, tar­geted op­er­a­tions such as Thurs­day’s showed those us­ing the bor­der to evade au­thor­i­ties would be found.

“If you think cross­ing the bor­der is go­ing to get you out of trou­ble... we’re go­ing to come knock­ing,” Insp Arthurs said.

Gold Coast District Act­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent Greg Baade said Queens­land po­lice also found a num­ber of wanted peo­ple who had been in north­ern NSW, ex­e­cut­ing five war­rants on a to­tal of 13 charges.

In a joint ran­dom breath test­ing ef­fort, they de­tected two peo­ple driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of am­phet­a­mines, one of whom had two young chil­dren trav­el­ling with him.

He said this in­ci­dent in par­tic­u­lar was a cause for “real con­cern”.

“Your re­flexes are slower, it’s a real danger to those kids and it’s re­ally up­set­ting,” he said.

Mean­while, one mo­torist was de­tected trav­el­ling at 102km/h in a 60km/h zone on Coolan­gatta Rd, Coolan­gatta.

AFP Air­port Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Warren Crighton said that given the Gold Coast Air­port tra­verses both states, it was vi­tal for his of­fi­cers to have a close cross-bor­der re­la­tion­ship with po­lice, par­tic­u­larly ahead of the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games.

“Com­ing up to the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games, I think op­er­a­tions such as Op­er­a­tion Uni­son are great op­por­tu­ni­ties to test our in­ter­op­er­abil­ity as well as de­velop our re­la­tion­ship,” Supt Crighton said.

PHOTO: LIANA TURNER

WORK­ING TO­GETHER: Tweed/by­ron LAC of­fi­cers, Queens­land Po­lice and the AFP work on a joint op­er­a­tion in the Tweed Heads and Coolan­gatta re­gion on Thurs­day.

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