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Toowoomba Police Urge Residents To ‘Break The Ice’


Is there something strange going on in your neighbourhood?

Vehicles attending an address for a short time on a regular basis? Vehicles not usually seen coming down a street or road that is not usually used?

Something as simple as writing down a registration or description of a person assist police.

If you see your local police, why not ‘Break the Ice’ with a conversation. Any information is kept confidential.

Alternatively contact Crime Stopper sand help police prevent offenders coming into your area.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Almost Half of Orange Drivers Test Positive To Drugs During Random Test

People who drive under the influence of drugs will eventually be caught say Orange police officers. A roadside operation conducted last month resulted in almost half the drivers tested returning a positive drug test.

The random drug test was conducted in Orange on July 22. Of the 24 drivers tested, 11 were found to be driving under the influence of drugs.

Orange outstripped Newcastle, Richmond, Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Goulburn, Narrabri and Queanbeyan when it came to the percentage of drivers who returned a positive result for drugs. The majority of people who were tested in rural NSW were found to be using marijuana, followed by ice.

Read more in Central Western Daily.

Source: www.centralwesterndaily.com.au

Queensland Police Seize Firearms And Drugs After Accidentally Raiding The Wrong House

Police startled an elderly couple and their autistic son after they accidentally raided their home when trying to bust a man linked to the Bandidos bikie gang.
The family were shaken by the incident and then watched as the police headed next door where they seized drugs estimated to be worth $26,000, weapons and $12,000 in cash.
Police told The Courier-Mail they “inadvertently went to a neighbouring address” and later went back to apologise to the family.
“Senior police attended and met with the residents of the neighbouring property and apologised on behalf of the service.”, a police spokesman said.
Despite the setback, three people were charged after the raid which allegedly netted ice (methamphetamines), steroids, cannabis, a weapon understood to be a BB gun, a taser disguised as a mobile phone, a telescopic baton, and stolen audio visual equipment.

Read more in Courier Mail.

Source: www.couriermail.com.au

Ed: only a minor setback in the Major Doorkickers League 🙂 Good job QPS taking the drugs and firearms off our streets.

Minister for Police Troy Grant and Commissioner Andrew Scipione Visit Bowral Police Station

Drug use in the Highlands and plans for a new police station were a high priority for leading police representatives during a visit to Bowral Police Station.

Minister for Police and Deputy Premier Troy Grant visited the station with Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione on Wednesday.

Mr Grant said he was impressed by the men and women at Bowral Police Station who were “extraordinarily proud to serve this community”.

He said their work and dedication was reflected in the region’s statistics.

“The crime statistics in this area are incredibly positive, and we have local police who care about the community,” he said.

The $14.85 million dollar police station project proposed for the Southern Highlands is still in the planning stage.

Read more in Southern Highland News.

Source: www.southernhighlandnews.com.au

Police Powers Set To Get Boost To Deal With Methamphetamine Crisis

Police powers to seize drug dealers’ cash and assets are in line for a boost as politicians grapple with a nationwide upsurge in ice addiction.
The National Ice Taskforce presented its interim report to the Council of Australian Governments meeting on Thursday, after spending two months consulting stakeholders around the country.
Researchers have found more Australians use ice and methamphetamine than any other nationality – a title the government is eager to let go.
The taskforce recommended a national co-operative strategy for seizing money and assets from drug dealers, rather than the current state-by-state system.
It also proposed increasing local communities’ ability to respond to ice addiction through stronger support for grass-level intervention and treatment services.

Read more in the Ballina Advocate.

Source: www.ballinaadvocate.com.au

Melbourne Methamphetamine Dealer Posted Ad On Classifieds Website

A Melbourne man who allegedly used an online classifieds website to spruik and sell the drug ice has been arrested by police.

Investigators from the Mill Park Divisional Response Unit came across the ad and launched an investigation to find the trafficker. 

Read more in SMH.

Source: www.smh.com.au

RCMP: Education the Key To Controlling Legal Designer Synthetic Drugs

Designer drugs will continue to kill young people because there’s almost nothing police can do to prevent their sale, says a Fort McMurray RCMP officer.  

Const. Michael Jaszczyszyn has spent four years investigating the use of designer drugs — drugs that mimic the effects of marijuana, cocaine or LSD but are manufactured in makeshift labs.

The drugs are legal to sell and consume. They’re sold as incense in hemp or head shops across the country, and are labelled ‘not for human consumption,’ but buyers smoke the material as a form of synthetic marijuana, he said.

Read more on CBC.

Source: www.cbc.ca

Operation Mike Tyras: Massive Amount of Cannabis Seized By Queensland Police Service

Operation Mike Tyras investigates organised commercial drug network operating from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane. Queensland Police have discovered $1 million worth of cannabis smuggled in a false floor welded into the back of a ute on the Gold Coast.

nvestigators intercepted a white ute on the Warrego Highway at Withcott on June 4, following a tip off that the vehicle, travelling from South Australia to Queensland, might have been carrying illicit drugs.

They discovered $5000 in cash and noticed a false floor had been welded into the back of the ute.

Upon further search investigators discovered a “sophisticated” hydraulic-operated false cavity below the tray, containing 200 one pound bags of cannabis at an estimated worth of $1 million.

The tip off was obtained during Operation Mike Tyras, which was an eight-month investigation into an organised commercial drug network operating from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane.

Read more in Courier Mail.

Source: www.couriermail.com.au

Organised Criminal Groups Becoming ‘Harder’ for Police To Detect

Police believe an organised criminal group was behind a series of similar growhouses police found in rental properties across Canberra.

Cannabis grow houses uncovered across Canberra were likely the tip of the iceberg as police moved to crack down on increasingly “fluid” criminal groups making inroads into the capital, an organised crime expert said.

ACT Policing flagged more properties would be raided in coming weeks after officers found more than 900 cannabis plants at various stages of maturity during raids on eight properties.

Police believed the same group of criminals used false identification to lease the properties before they set up the extensive grow houses and brought other people in to look after the crops.

Australian National University visiting fellow Clarke Jones said while terrorism and the ice scourge had dominated police efforts in recent years, it would be “naive” to think Canberra was isolated from the drug trade and organised criminal networks.

“The police can only do what they can do and there’s a correlation between police numbers and the number of detections. If you increase police numbers, you increase the number of detections.

“So therefore I would suggest there would definitely be more [grow houses].”

Read more in Canberra Times.

Source: www.canberratimes.com.au

Nationals MP George Christensen Asks Ice Taskforce To Consider Corporal Punishment

Drug traffickers should be caned under new laws mirroring Singapore’s, according to a Queensland MP. 

Federal Nationals MP George Christensen has written to the head of the Government’s Ice Taskforce, Ken Lay, asking him to consider the punishment for the country’s worst drug offenders.

“I have asked Ken Lay and the Ice Taskforce to conduct research on Singapore’s use of corporal punishment and its correlation to reducing levels of drug offences,” the MP said.

Mr Christensen said he was reiterating the call of many in the community for tougher penalties for drug pushers.

Read more in Courier Mail.

Source: www.couriermail.com.au