Why ice in Gladstone is getting more pure
THE ice game has changed in Gladstone in the last few years but the results are still the same, and people are still trying to deal, a Gladstone detective says.
Three and a half years ago when detective senior sergeant Luke Peachey arrived in Gladstone, most ice available locally was believed to have been manufactured in the area.
But there's been a shift and more is being imported from down south; it's far purer too.
Det Snr Sgt Peachey said the purity of ice from down south was about 80% compared to locally manufactured ice, 10%.
Worth about $7,000 an ounce, double when sold on the street, the effort to set up a lab in Gladstone didn't make sense for drug dealers, he said.
"The goal posts have changed but the results are the same. People are still trying to get away with distributing," he said.
"Do this at your own peril. Eventually we will catch you. We will continue to use the methodology that has shown to be very successful over the past three and a half years."
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Police have just concluded four days of raids, resulting in 49 Gladstone people being charged, 10 with trafficking - says Det Snr Sgt Peachey.
Over the four days police allege to have seized almost $200,000 worth of ice, $99,000 worth of cash and $68,000 worth of property including four cars and an excavator.