UPDATE: Weapons amongst finds in drug operation

UPDATE: During searches on Wednesday night for Operation North Creme police intercepted a Mitsubishi Triton ute seizing two guns, a pump action 22 and bolt action 22, two boxes of ammunition and 140 grams of cannabis.

The guns were unregistered and the 33 year old driver who was a visitor to the area was unlicensed to be carrying the firearms.

He was subsequently charged with unlawful possession of firearms, ammunition and dangerous drugs as well as a charge under the explosives act for unlawful possession of ammunition.

The man will face Stanthorpe Magistrates Court on June, 24.

All up Operation North Creme which kicked off with property raids last Wednesday and Thursday brought in a haul of 70 grams of methamphetamine and one kg of marijuana.

Sr Sgt Mark Ireland said 32 alleged offenders were charged with 60 offences ranging from possession, supply and production of dangerous drugs, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and wilful damage.

"The troops worked very well with the roadside drug testing unit," he said.

"Because of the success of this week and previous static road side operations we want to make it more regular.
"It is concerning that they're constantly picking up offenders but in saying that a lot of them are visitors, it doesn't necessarily mean we have a drug problem here."

Sr Sgt Ireland estimated about two-thirds of the alleged offenders charged by the road side unit were visitors.

"It was pleasing to see that no heavy vehicle drivers were charged this time as in the past we've always picked up a few of them,' he said.

The operation is part of ongoing traffic enforcement measures from the Stanthorpe and Wallangarra police units.

Anyone with information is asked to contact crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

MIDDAY: PHASE two of operation North Creme concluded last night as 17 people were charged with drug related offences.

For the past two nights the Stanthorpe and Wallangarra Police, the Stanthorpe Road Policing Unit and the Brisbane Road Side Drug Testing Unit have conducted roadside drug tests along the New England Highway at Wallangarra and Applethorpe.

As a result seven drivers tested positive to road side drug tests and another 10 were charged with a range of offences including possession of dangerous drugs, unregistered firearms and utensils.

141.74 grams  of cannabis and a quantity of methamphetamine were seized.

The operation is part of ongoing traffic enforcement measures from the Stanthorpe and Wallangarra police units.

Anyone with information is asked to contact crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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