Drugs worth $10,000 seized

Man charged fol­low­ing po­lice op­er­a­tion in Can­non­vale

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Clau­dia Alp clau­dia.alp@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

DRUGS, val­ued at nearly $10,000, were seized from a Can­non­vale res­i­dence on Oc­to­ber 25 in a joint op­er­a­tion between Aus­tralian Border Force (ABF) and Mackay Tac­ti­cal Crime Squad.

Of­fi­cers al­legedly found cannabis and a hal­lu­cino­genic drug at the ad­dress.

A man was taken into cus­tody at the res­i­dence where he had al­legedly been in­volved in re­ceiv­ing a num­ber of pack­ages sent to the ad­dress. Po­lice al­lege the man had at­tempted to im­port the drugs, which were in­ter­cepted by mem­bers of the Aus­tralian Border Force.

A 27-year-old Can­non­vale man was charged with pos­ses­sion of a dan­ger­ous drug ex­ceed­ing sec­ond sched­ule quan­tity and pos­ses­sion of prop­erty for the com­mis­sion of a crime.

He was also charged with two counts each of pos­ses­sion of a dan­ger­ous drug and pos­ses­sion of uten­sils.

The man is ex­pected to ap­pear in Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court on De­cem­ber 3.

A 26-year-old Can­non­vale woman was drug di­verted for pos­ses­sion of a dan­ger­ous drug, pos­ses­sion of prop­erty for the com­mis­sion of a crime and pos­ses­sion of drug uten­sils

Mackay District Tac­ti­cal Crime Squad Sergeant John Ker­slake said the amount seized was sig­nif­i­cant for the re­gion and would have a strong dis­rup­tive ef­fect on the il­le­gal drug sup­ply.

“Our of­fi­cers worked col­lab­o­ra­tively with part­ner agen­cies to achieve this ex­cel­lent re­sult, and to tar­get the threat posed to the com­mu­nity. We will con­tinue to work to­gether in gather­ing in­tel­li­gence on these types of of­fences to dis­rupt them in the re­gion,” Sgt Ker­slake said.

Queens­land ABF Re­gional Com­man­der, Terry Price, said the op­er­a­tion com­menced at a Bris­bane in­ter­na­tional mail fa­cil­ity on Oc­to­ber 22.

“More than 500 MDMA tablets were de­tected by ABF of­fi­cers, ad­dressed to the pri­mary per­son of in­ter­est in this op­er­a­tion,” Re­gional Com­man­der Price said.

“We were then able to pass rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion to our part­ners at Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice and as­sist them in this op­er­a­tional ac­tiv­ity.”

Drugs were seized dur­ing a raid in Can­non­vale.

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