Population growth to blame for drug increase, police say

GLADSTONE has recorded a growing number of drug offences this year, as police step up their campaign against the illegal trade with a new operation.

Queensland Police statistics show 256 drug offences occurred in Gladstone in the first half of this year.

This is compared to 397 drug offences in the whole of last year, 387 in 2011 and just 345 offences in 2010.

Acting Det Snr Sgt Chris Lindsey, from Gladstone Police Criminal Investigation Branch, said the rise in offences came as the population boomed.

"There is a correlation between population growth and the detection of drug offences," he said.

While most drug offences were recorded within Gladstone, two offences on Curtis Island were also reported to police last year.

Acting Det Snr Sgt Lindsey said those cases reflected drugs had been discovered on the island.

"What it tells us is that drugs or paraphernalia were seized from that person (on Curtis Island)," Act Det Snr Sgt Lindsey said.

He said the Gladstone station had recently welcomed a new detective sergeant, which had helped boost the number of offences being detected.

"We are always going to take a vigilant approach when it comes to drugs."

The findings stem from Gladstone police's Operation Prophecy.

Last Monday, local raids resulted in six men being arrested and charged as part of the operation.

Gladstone drug offences:

  • 2010: 345
  • 2011: 387
  • 2012: 395
  • 2013 (to June 22): 256.
  • Source: Queensland Police

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