DRUG BUST: Police undertook a complete highway shut down searching all cars for drugs and drink driving on Thursday and Friday.
DRUG BUST: Police undertook a complete highway shut down searching all cars for drugs and drink driving on Thursday and Friday. Laura Telford

Drug raid in Balonne

RAIDS occurred this week in St George and Dirranbandi as police searched for drugs as part of Operation Hexagon.

Local officers were assisted by personnel from surrounding towns as well as detectives and officers from Brisbane, including members of the state traffic task force, state flying squad and drug detection dogs.

Notably police operations interrupted the supply of ecstasy into St George, with a 20-year-old Brisbane man allegedly found with ecstasy in a vehicle.

Over the two day operation 16 persons were charged on 25 offences, with cannabis, ecstasy and ice located, 64 traffic infringement notices were issued and police detected eight drug drivers.

Senior Sergeant Paul Tabrett said the purpose of the exercise was to “interrupt the distribution of drugs in St George and the district” as well as “conducting random breath tests for alcohol”.

These raids coincided with a heavy police presence at the St George races on Saturday to maintain “good order” according to Senior Sergeant Paul Tabrett.

Police issued eight liquor infringement notices and arrested three persons for good order offences, as well as the arrest of a 21-year-old man who was allegedly in possession of a quantity of drugs, believed to be ecstasy.

The man will face charges of supply dangerous drug and drug possession in court in August.

“We had a high physical presence and deployed the drug detection dog in an effort to ensure public safety and I am happy that no major disturbances occurred,” Snr Sgt Tabrett said.

The use of the Roma based Mobile Police Facility on site ensured that police were able to process and release the majority of persons in a timely manner.


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