Gladstone detectives confiscated heroin in rock form.
Gladstone detectives confiscated heroin in rock form. Julie-Anne Scott

Heroin seized in raids

GLADSTONE police have arrested 10 people on 34 charges relating to drug, property and weapons offences after executing search warrants in Gladstone, Barney Point and Yarwun on Monday and Tuesday.

Operation Crookwell was activated from information received from the public about people involved in the production and distribution of amphetamines and other dangerous drugs in the Gladstone region.

It will be alleged that a quantity of amphetamine, heroin, firearms, stolen property, cannabis and drug utensils were seized.

Three men and a woman have been bailed to appear in the Gladstone Magistrates Court and another three men were issued Notices to Appear in the same court on August 12 from Monday’s raids.

Another three people on five drug related charges were arrested and bailed yesterday and will also appear in Gladstone Magistrates Court on August 12.

Gladstone District Crime Manager Sergeant Kevin Whicker said it wasn’t often heroin was found in Gladstone.

“You don’t see a lot of heroin in this area and we also found weapons including long arms and a replica pistol along with some property believed to be stolen items,” Sgt Whicker said.

Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Nikki Colfs of Gladstone CIB said Gladstone detectives will continue to crack down on drug offences and drug distribution in the Gladstone area.

“Operation Crookwell commenced on Monday and finished Tuesday,” she said.

“We confiscated some restricted items including a baton, a shotgun and a semi-automatic replica firearm.”

“On Monday we executed search warrants in a dawn raid at addresses in Yarwun, Gladstone and Barney Point and on Tuesday we executed warrants at another two addresses in Barney Point,” she said.

“It has been quite a number of years since we have located any heroin in the Gladstone area which makes this unusual, but it is also unusual to find heroin in the rock form that we found.”

“This short term operation will be one of many,” Det Snr Sgt Colfs said.

Detectives from Gladstone Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB), Child Protection Investigation Unit (CPIU), Gladstone Station, drug detection dogs from Brisbane and officers from SARCIS in Rockhampton formed the team that made up Operation Crookwell.

“Twenty-three police officers all together formed the taskforce,” Det Snr Sgt Colfs said.

“Charges included possession of dangerous drugs including amphetamines, heroin and cannabis, possession of utensils for the use of drugs, possession of restricted items, possession of unlicensed firearms and stealing and receiving offences.

In other local police news a vehicle was stolen overnight Monday from Kauri Drive. The vehicle was a white Toyota Hilux utility.

Wilful damage was caused to two cars and a sign at Anderson’s Auto City sometime over the weekend and a break-and-enter occurred at Gladstone South State School sometime between Sunday night and Tuesday morning. A small amount of property was stolen. Anyone with information on any of these incidents should contact Gladstone Police or Crimestoppers.

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