Police shut down regional based synthetic drug operation

QLD-Police

Police have executed synthetic drug raids in Mackay and Bowen as part of an ongoing operation since December last year.

The State Crime Command’s Synthetic Drug Operations Unit commenced Operation North Hiking end of last year across tobacco shops, adult shops and herbal outlets.

In early March, police found packets of synthetic cannabinoids featuring the logo “lucky eight” at an adult shop in Mackay.

A 50 year old woman was charged with trafficking and supplying dangerous drugs. She will appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on April 7.

On March 13, police found several packets of synthetic cannabis labelled as “Novelty Collector’s Item” at an adult shop in Bowen.

A 47 year old woman was charged with three counts of supply of a dangerous drug. She will appear in Bowen Magistrates Court on April 5.

Police also executed a search warrant at a Bowen home and charged a 43 year old woman with seven counts of trafficking dangerous drugs. She will appear in Bowen Magistrates Court on April 5.

Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker of the Drug and Serious Crime Group says that retail outlets across the region need to be aware that synthetic drugs aren’t legal or safe.

“The message has been clear for some time now, these synthetic drugs are neither legal nor are they safe,” Detective Wacker says.

“We have recently closed an operation where we found these drugs being mixed in cement mixers in very unhygienic conditions. These drugs are being mixed with products you would find at your local hardware store and without any care for the end result.”

Detective Wacker warns outlets that anyone found selling synthetic drugs at a retail outlet will be charged.