Raids impact as local drug industry booms

THE drug industry is booming but Gladstone cops are determined to wipe it out.

Gladstone officers made three raids and busts over the past few days finding weapons, a hydroponics set-up, marijuana and amphetamines.

Alleged drug dens and stashes were found in Sun Valley, Palm Dr and Machine Creek.

The value of drugs was not available last night but police expect the crackdown will impact on the local supply.

"As a result of recent activity by the Gladstone Criminal Investigation Branch and uniformed police on Saturday night going into Sunday morning, uniformed police from Gladstone intercepted a vehicle on Palm Dr," Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said.

"During the intercept police have conducted a search of the vehicle during which they found 13.4g of amphetamines.

"As a result a 25-year-old male was charged in regard to possession of a dangerous drug as well as other drug offences. He will appear in the Gladstone Magistrates Court on September 16.

"Further inquires will be conducted now in regards to what his intentions were with that amount of amphetamine in his vehicle."

He said police from Gladstone CIB and Taskforce Maxima executed search warrants on Monday.

"One of those search warrants was executed in Sun Valley," he said.

"During the search police have located a large amount of cannabis, prescription drugs, amphetamines and a large amount of cash."

He said a 26-year-old male was charged with 14 offences.

Sgt Peachey said that the man was also charged with weapons offences.

Police also charged two men after executing a search warrant in Henicke Rd, Machine Creek on Monday.

It will be alleged police found a large number of cannabis plants including a hydroponics set-up.

A 64-year-old man and a 62-year-old man were charged with one count each of producing dangerous drugs and possessing dangerous drugs.

The 62-year-old man was also charged with one count each of possessing a handgun, possessing instructions, possessing explosives and possessing property for use.

Sgt Peachey said it was concerning each time a weapon was found.

"The raids are part of an ongoing crackdown on people who are possessing and supplying dangerous drugs in Gladstone," Sgt Peachey said.

"We will not sit on our hands and we'll be relentless in detecting those people who are trying to make a living out of growing and supplying dangerous drugs.

"It's very important to crackdown on this industry. The industry is booming at the moment and the government has given us (police) some excellent powers and we'll be using our powers on the crackdown."



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