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NSW Police ignored expert advice about hair sample and sacked drug-tested officer

A single strand of hair that destroyed the life of a long-serving Sydney police officer has the potential to influence the future of not just the entire NSW Police Force but all workplaces across NSW.

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Nothing Is Ever Routine In Policing: Large MDMA Seizure in Surfers Paradise

Methylenedioxymethamphetamine  (MDMA) tablets
Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) tablets
It started as a routine enquiry about beer bottles being thrown off a balcony and ended with emergent searches of three units, four people charged with six drug related offences and the seizure of more than 220 MDMA tablets and 20 grams of crushed tablets.

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NSW Police Officers Raid a Large Meth Lab, Seize Firearms, and Large Amounts of Drugs and Ammo

Ruger .22 rifle with 1000 rounds of ammo were seized
Ruger .22 rifle with 1000 rounds of ammo were seized. Source: NSW Police Force
New South Wales Police arrested two men, shut down a large-scale clandestine drug laboratory and seized drugs and a firearm following an operation in Sydney’s south-west late last week.

State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Squad together with the NSW Crime Commission has been investigating an alleged ‘ice’ (methylamphetamine) manufacturing operation at Greendale.

About 9.40am on Friday 21 August 2015, police arrested a 39-year-old South-Wentworthville man at Burwood and seized $30,000 from his vehicle.

A second man, aged 43 and from Greendale, was arrested at his home, with a search warrant conducted at the property a short time later.

A large-scale clandestine drug laboratory was located in a shed at the rear of the property and processed by officers from the Drug Squad’s specialist Chemical Operations Team.

The laboratory was inactive at the time of the search, but numerous chemicals and equipment used in the manufacture of prohibited drugs were located. Police also seized 15kg of ‘ice’ and more than half a kilogram of pseudoephedrine.

A Ruger-brand .22 rifle and silencer, as well as approximately 1000 rounds of ammunition, were located and seized.

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Ice Epidemic Exposed: More Than Half of Sydney’s Criminals Use Methamphetamines


Up to half of offenders locked up are testing positive to methamphetamine use or admit they use the drug, police data has revealed.

As police are on the frontline of the ice epidemic, Australia’s largest and longest survey of police detainees across Australia has confirmed ice use is continuing to rise.

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Former Victoria Police Chief Wants Drugged-up Criminals To Face Harsher Penalties

There’s a push for drugged-up-criminals to face additional penalties if caught offending while under the influence.

Former Victoria Police chief commissioner Kel Glare said the legal system shouldn’t allow drugs to be viewed as an excuse.

“In my view, they ought to have something added to their sentence,” he said on 3AW Mornings’ Ideas Factory.

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Australian Border Force and Federal Police Arrest a 19-year-old Cocaine Smuggler

A 19-year-old Brazilian national will appear before the Melbourne Magistrates Court today (20 August) charged with attempting to import four kilograms of cocaine into Australia through Melbourne Airport last weekend.

During an x-ray of the man’s luggage, ABF officers identified concealments in the base of two of his bags. The base of both bags were drilled and a white crystalline powder was found, which tested positive for cocaine. It has never been easier to confirm the identity of a drug like cocaine thanks to testing kits, the like of which can be found at countrywidetesting.com/collections/8-panel-drug-tests.

The man was then referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) who charged him with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine.

ABF Regional Commander Victoria and Tasmania, Don Smith, said this type of concealment is not unexpected. “Potential drug importers need to be aware that the Australian Border Force is alert to the most sophisticated concealments,” Mr Smith said.

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Meth-fueled Man Sentenced For Intimidating Police, Forcing Court Evacuation

Dubbo, NSW. A methamphetamine-affected Grant Elton King smashed the police vehicle glass panel between him and police officers he was arrested by and made threats of violence against them as they drove to the station – but that wasn’t the end of his offences.

The next day when King, 36, was refused bail and despite being handcuffed with his arms behind him he stepped up on to the hand rail of the dock at the courthouse at Parkes and refused to get down.

Restraining him took four officers who resorted to using capsicum spray because King was aggressive and not compliant. The court was evacuated.

In Dubbo Local Court this month magistrate Philip Stewart sentenced King to a 21-month term of imprisonment with a non-parole period of 15 months for intimidating police.

Read more at Parkes Champion Post.

Editor: another example of why we need armed Police officers in courts, in every state and territory, and at all times.

New South Wales Police Arrest 21 In Online Darknet Drug Crackdown

NSW police officers have arrested 21 people as part of an investigation into the supply of illicit drugs online, which the agency has admitted poses a unique challenge for law enforcement.

The state force today said the individuals had been arrested under a two-month operation and were charged with 45 drug-related offences in total.

The operation aims to crack down on the online supply of illicit drugs via classified advertising websites, social media platforms and the ‘dark web.’


Police said they had seized drugs including ice, cannabis, LSD, cocaine and MDMA worth around $32,000. They also said they found thousands of dollars in stolen case and property.

Drugs, assassinations, weapons and more on offer
Drugs, assassinations, weapons and more on offer

Redfern detective chief inspector Stuart Bell said technology had changed the way drugs are sold and bought and therefore how police respond.

Read more at IT News.

Police Fear for Their Own Safety As the Spread of Methamphetamine Soars

More than 80 per cent of police feel vulnerable or at risk while on the job, a new survey has revealed.

Three quarters of respondents to the Police Association of Victoria’s Priority Policing Issues Survey listed drugs – ice in particular – as a key crime issue facing police today.

Some 83 per cent of the 3000 respondents to the union’s survey also said they believed current levels of substance abuse had made their job different than it was three years ago.

Five Mildura police officers faced months of health tests for Hepatitis and AIDS after restraining a man covered in his own blood in May.

Read more in Sunraysia Daily.

Nearly 2000 Methamphetamine-Fueled Drivers Caught By Victoria Police

Almost 2000 Victorian drivers were caught under the influence of ice last year.

Victoria Police figures show an average 38 drivers a week were detected on the drug, a more than 30 per cent increase on 2013.

Overall, more than 3500 drug affected drivers were caught on the state’s roads in 2014, up almost 1000 in a year.

Victoria Police drug driving detections in 2014:

  • Methamphetamine only – 1970
  • Cannabis only – 805
  • MDMA only – 65
  • Combination of drugs – 661

Total: 3501.

Read more in Herald Sun.