Raids in St Ge­orge catch 12

Western Times - - NEWS -

A ONE-TIME low-level drug user charged in sweep­ing raids across St Ge­orge a year ago had tried to take over as the town’s ice dealer, po­lice will al­lege.

The man is one of 12 peo­ple ar­rested and charged with a com­bined 44 of­fences un­der Op­er­a­tion Papa Ac­claim, which tar­geted the sup­ply and pos­ses­sion of metham­phetamine in St Ge­orge.

De­tec­tive Act­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Hart said in­ves­ti­ga­tions sug­gested the man had tried to as­sume the role af­ter the clo­sure of Op­er­a­tion Os­car Kohl 12 months ago.

Det Act Supt Hart said information from the com­mu­nity was cru­cial to shat­ter­ing drug sup­ply.

“Drugs present a real threat to our com­mu­ni­ties, not just within our homes but also even on the road with drug drivers,” he said.

“Once we re­alised new deal­ers were pos­si­bly emerg­ing within the St Ge­orge area af­ter the clo­sure of our last op­er­a­tion, we can cer­tainly thank the com­mu­nity for pro­vid­ing information in re­la­tion to those ac­tiv­i­ties, and we’ve cer­tainly jumped on that information.”

Op­er­a­tion Os­car Kohl was a pro­tracted cam­paign iden­ti­fy­ing the high-level deal­ers and sup­pli­ers in St Ge­orge and sur­round­ing towns.

The clo­sure of Op­er­a­tion Papa Ac­claim al­most two weeks ago co­in­cided with raids in Dalby, where 12 peo­ple were ar­rested with a com­bined 44 charges.

One man was charged with 102 counts of sup­ply­ing dan­ger­ous drugs.

“Any­one con­tem­plat­ing be­ing in­volved in drug ac­tiv­ity might pay heed to the fact the next knock on the door could be from the po­lice,” Det Act Supt Hart said.

“We know that drugs are sim­ply a mat­ter of sup­ply and de­mand; and where there’s a quick buck to be made, peo­ple will al­ways step up and fill the void.”

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