Police arrest 197 after targeting outstanding warrants

POLICE have arrested 197 people on 384 charges in an operation targeting outstanding warrants.

Thirteen warrants were executed in the Central Queensland region, which includes Gladstone.

Deputy Commissioner (Specialist Operations) Ross Barnett said Operation Avert was conducted throughout Queensland from Friday to Sunday.

"Operation Avert was a coordinated national approach across all Australian police jurisdictions aimed at targeting and arresting those wanted on arrest warrants issued by the courts.

"We never stop looking for outstanding offenders and continually check up on them year-round.

"Dedicated focused approaches such as Operation Avert help ensure that outstanding warrants are enforced," Deputy Commissioner Barnett said.

Warrants were executed for serious offences including armed robbery, firearms offences, drug trafficking, assault police, assault occasioning bodily harm, fraud, burglary, evade police and domestic violence.

Arrested people will appear in their local magistrates courts this week.

"A further 27 new offences were detected during Operation Avert including drug possession, evade police and possession of tainted property," Deputy Commissioner Barnett said.

"Police will continue to target people wanted on warrants and this operation shows that they will be caught."

One new offence was detected in the Central region.



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