MAJOR DRUG BUST IN WHITSUNDAYS
“THERE will be an ongoing pro-active assault on drug manufacture, distribution and use in the Whitsunday region.”
These are the words of Whitsunday Police Acting Senior Sergeant Brad Teys, following a drug raid in Strathdickie on Tuesday, where a cannabis supply with a street value of about $450k was found.
Act Snr Sgt Teys said in addition to a substantial quantity of green leafy material and vacuum-packed cannabis bud, officers from the Whitsunday Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) discovered a sophisticated hydroponic set-up at a Strathdickie house.
Two men were arrested, charged with trafficking and other drug-related offences and transported in custody to Mackay.
Yesterday, the men were granted bail in the Mackay Magistrate’s Court.
Steven Andrew Richards and Gerard Van Ansem were represented by Brisbane defence solicitor Bill Potts who appeared via telephone.
Richards and Van Ansem were charged with trafficking cannabis between January 1 and July 2. They were also charged with producing and possessing cannabis in amounts exceeding schedule three and possessing property including lights, chemicals, fertilizers, fans and lap- tops, used in connection with a drug offence.
Richards is further charged with possessing $1595 in cash, believed to be the proceeds of an offence under the drugs misuse act.
All matters were adjourned to October 25.
Meanwhile Act Snr Sgt Teys said drug users in the Whitsundays could expect to notice a serious dent in the supply.
“It will certainly have a ripple effect on the distribution of marijuana in this area,” he said.
Act Snr Sgt Teys said Whitsunday Police were determined to focus on the detection of drug related offences, “pertaining to all drugs, not just marijuana”.
“In forthcoming weeks there will be a major push in this vicinity to point resources at the unlawful production, supply and consumption of these drugs and to reduce the impact on the community,” he said.
SEIZED: Whitsunday Police Acting Senior Sergeant Brad Teys with samples of the marijuana crop seized from a hyrdoponic set-up at a house in Strathdickie this week. Act Snr Sgt Teys said the drugs seized had an overall street value of about $450k.