Drug blitz hits our town

TARGET: Stanthorpe has been hit as part of a nationwide drug blitz.
TARGET: Stanthorpe has been hit as part of a nationwide drug blitz. Contributed

STANTHORPE has found itself high on a watch list after being targeted in a nationwide blitz on meth trafficking.

Thirteen other towns were singled out across Australia, with the Granite Belt's border proximity seen as posing a risk.

"Stanthorpe was targeted due to a number of major roads that travel through,” Organised Crime Gangs Group Detective Inspector Tim Leadbetter said.

Det Insp Leadbetter said those roads made Stanthorpe a potential hub for drug trafficking.

The blitz, co-ordinated by National Anti-Gangs Squad from November 8 to 10, resulted in the arrest of 117 people across the country on 234 charges.

"We based our intelligence on our targeted communities (like Stanthorpe) on local intelligence, as well as the investigations we conduct, as well as the analysis of waste water from the Australian Crime and Intelligence Commission,” Det Insp Leadbetter said.

One 25-year-old male was intercepted by Stanthorpe police and 13 grams of ice (methamphetamine) seized before it could make its way into Stanthorpe.

"It doesn't seem like a lot,” officer-in-charge Gerard Brady said.

"But it's a fairly significant amount. If you think about it, 0.1 of a gram is a hit and he had 13 grams. It's a hell of a lot.”

The man was also charged with possession of utensils and a knife and will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on December 6. Stanthorpe had 199 vehicles intercepted, there were 189 breath tests and six offenders were charged with 11 offences.

Snr Sgt Brady said four people were charged with driving under the influence of drugs and one person was charged with drink driving.

A 31-year-old man was charged with the possession of drugs and utensil.

A 26-year-old man from Stanthorpe was charged with the possession of marijuana.

"Stanthorpe and Wallangarra are the first points of entry and they are the first point of exit (to the state),” Snr Sgt Brady said.

"I think ice usage and supply is becoming an issue nationwide which is having ramifications in the communities.”

Topics:  drug blitz drug trafficking ice meth

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