Huge drug bust


A joint Australian Border Protection and Queensland Police Service operation uncovered a massive drug operation in Kirwan last week.

Approximately 6100 ecstasy tablets, $60,000 cash, five kilograms of ‘high quality’ cannabis and 37g of methamphetamine were seized by officers.

The drugs have an estimated street value of almost $400,000.

Townsville Drug Squad Detective Senior Sergeant Mick Walker paid tribute to the connection between law enforcement agencies in the success of the raid.

“With the results achieved here a testament to our collective resolve to fight this war on illicit drugs,” Det Sen-Sgt Walker said.

Commander Immigration and Customs Enforcement David Nockels agrees.

“Our officers have a very close and productive working relationship with Queensland Police and it’s this close relationship which has led to this result,” Commander Nockels said.

One man was remanded in custody after facing Townsville Magistrate Court, charged with eight counts of drug and weapons related offences including trafficking dangerous drugs.

His next appearance will be on March 8.

A 24-year-old and 23-year old men were charged with nine drug offences including trafficking dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of money believed to be proceeds of crime and possession of restricted items, namely tasers.

They’ll appear before the Townsville Magistrates Court between February 19 and March 8.

It’s a good haul for police, stopping the flow of drugs at larger coastal towns from coming into smaller regional towns such as Charters Towers.