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Police blitz the North Burnett

The operation included drug raids and random roadside testing.
The operation included drug raids and random roadside testing. Adam McCleery

QUEENSLAND Police are in the middle of a road and drugs blitz across the North Burnett, netting results from the first day of the operation.

Queensland Police Service Inspector Paul Biggin was in Gayndah at the outset of the operation and said the aim for police was to continue its work with the community to stamp out dangers on the roads.

"Operations like this are really important for our Western towns,” Inspector Biggin said.

"Making sure that we have plenty of support for our police out here who are already doing a great job.

"But we need to make sure our Western police are always being supported.”

The operation began in the middle of last week with police conducting a number of drug raids in and around Gayndah as well as random drug and drink driving tests over the course of the weekend.

"We have a combination of our road policing unit, our tactical crime squad and police from specialist positions in Brisbane who have come all the way up here just to support our local police in their fight against drugs,” Inspector Biggin said.

After just one day of the operation police were netting results.
After just one day of the operation police were netting results. Adam McCleery

"Unfortunately we have too many drugs on our streets but these types of operations certainly send the message that we are not taking the drug trade lightly and we are doing something about it.”

At the most recent Gayndah Magistrates Court date 14 of the 31 cases to be heard were drug driving related.

"There is some hard data that has played a part in launching this operation,” Inspector Biggin said.

"That should speak volumes, the number of people in a small town that have been charged or found to have drugs in their system while driving, it should be concerning to everyone,” Inspector Biggin said.

Police dogs have been deployed to help with the fight against drug driving in the North Burnett.
Police dogs have been deployed to help with the fight against drug driving in the North Burnett. Adam McCleery

Gayndah Police Sergeant Josh Ryan said the community can expect operations like this one to continue into the future.

"This will continue, it will not just be a one day thing,” Srgt Ryan said.

Inspector Biggin said the large police presence is designed not only to catch those breaking the law but to deter and also reinforce to the wider community their safety is paramount.

"Drugs are a huge problem in our society and we want to make sure we are there to support our community,” Inspector Biggin said.

"People who are pushing drugs onto other people or children are the ones we are targeting most, we encourage anyone in the community with information to contact police or crime stoppers.

You can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

Topics:  drink driving drug driving drugs queensland police road blitz


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