Drugs seized in Monto

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

MONTO Po­lice have charged two men with drug of­fences fol­low­ing a search on Fri­day.

They were charged with pos­sess­ing and grow­ing mar­i­juana, pos­ses­sion of a drug uten­sil and pos­ses­sion of plants, cul­ti­vated ma­te­rial and sus­pected stolen prop­erty.

The men, aged 19 and 25, will ap­pear in Monto Mag­is­trates Court on Oc­to­ber 25.

The charges fol­low what one mag­is­trate con­sid­ers to be a trend of drug of­fences fur­ther north.

Mag­is­trate Cameron Press had six pages for the Wed­nes­day court list at Biloela Mag­is­trates Court.

“I think the whole town needs to go to drug di­ver­sion,” Mr Press said.

“Too many peo­ple think that they can keep com­ing to the court and get­ting fines.

“It’s ob­vi­ously not work­ing.”

A 35-year-old Monto man was one on the list, fac­ing 11 charges in­clud­ing theft, pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty and pos­ses­sion of dan­ger­ous drugs.

How­ever, Monto Po­lice Sergeant Mick Bazzo said such crimes were rare in Monto.

“We don’t have a drug prob­lem here in Monto,” Sgt Bazzo said.

“While it would be fool­ish to deny there are drugs in town, there are no real trends on what gets re­ported.”

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