Cannabis found at Slacks Creek house. Photo: QUEENSLAND POLICE MEDIANo trace of the deadly ‘N-Bomb’ was found during a week-long police raid across Queensland that seized $1.2 million worth of drugs ahead of schoolies week, police say.
Police from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Serious Crime Group focused on drug traffickers from Mackay to the Gold Coast over the past week, with operations targeted towards the distribution of ice, MDMA and cannabis.
Police executed search warrants at 35 locations in Mackay, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast and charged 46 people with 164 offences, including three charges of producing a dangerous drug, 25 charges of supply and eight charges of trafficking.
A large portion of the $1.25 million worth of drugs, largely cannabis, were seized from a property at Slacks Creek at Logan where three hydroponic cannabis systems were found, with one containing 219 cannabis plants.
Cannabis grow houses were also found at Lawnton at Moreton Bay, Inala in Brisbane’s south while a meth lab was found at a Wynnum, east of Brisbane city.
Detective Inspector Mark Slater said the operation, just ahead of the annual schoolies week celebration for year 12 graduates, did not focus specifically on the dangerous drug “N-Bomb”, that killed a man and hospitalised 15 others last month.
“Our focus at State Drug Squad is to focus on all drugs across the spectrum, in these particular operations there is no indication of the supply of N-Bomb at this point in time,” he said.
“However that is not to say it may not happen down the track but we will keep our eye out for it down the track.
“We can’t put ourselves in a position where we focus on one or two drugs in particular because all drugs are harmful.”
Inspector Slater said while cannabis was still the largest proportion of drug seen across Queensland, the chemicals that went into synthetic drugs was extremely dangerous to the more vulnerable people in society.
“When you are talking about the production of MDMA, ice, speed, those kinds of drugs there are all kinds of varying chemicals that go into it,” he said.
“Labs that we find over time are in extremely unsanitary conditions…coupled with the concoction of chemicals that go into the making of them leads to the fact they are dangerous to our young people, those who want to experiment at schoolies and the wider community.”
Inspector Slater said there was no indication the drugs seized during the operation were destined for schoolies week.
“At this point in time any enforcement action we take certainly limits that possibility,” he said.
And the Inspector warned of the long-term effects of drug taking to school leavers.
“There is a range of things to consider, firstly health secondly if you are caught with drugs either for your own use or for purpose of supply it can have impact in terms of a conviction which can have an on-flowing impact in terms of ability to gain employment, travel overseas,” he said.
“Kids of this age are generally vulnerable people in our community and we place a high emphasis on maintaining their safety and providing support for them during the enforcement aspects of the schoolies event on the gold coast and drug enforcement is no exception.”
Schoolies week kicks off this weekend.
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