Police drug operation closes


A northern operation, part of the statewide war on drugs that saw raids and arrests in Charters Towers late last year, has closed in Townsville.

The 13-month long operation saw charges lain in a number of towns including Magnetic Island and surrounding suburbs of Townsville.

Operation North Shellstar included Townsville District Police, the drug detection dog squad and other participating agencies.

The operation culminated in police raiding a number of properties, laying 56 charges on 16 individuals ranging from possession to trafficking.

Police seized approximately $200,000 worth of property and cash in the raids.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mick Walker says this will have a significant effect on the supply of drugs in North Queensland.

“These drugs were destined for the party scenes within the Townsville area and it is anticipated that the short term supply of these types of drugs has been significantly disrupted as a result of police action,” he says.

This bust follows a raid in Charters Towers last August that uncovered an ice lab.

Explosives, firearms and cannabis were all also found at the site.

At the time Senior Sergeant Graham Lohman of the Charters Towers police described the drug as “insidious” and was concerned the drug was starting to take over the town.

A 43-year-old Kirwin man and a 31-year-old North Ward man will both face Townsville Magistrates Court on February 12 to face trafficking charges relating to this week’s raids.