Thursday, May 23, 2024

$200,000 drugs seized in mail sting

A coordinated operation examining mail being processed through the postal service in North Queensland has resulted in the seizure of drugs with a street value of over $200,000.

As part of ongoing Operation Detect, which is in partnership with the Australian Border Force and Australia Post, officers from the Queensland Police Service seized articles during a Townsville mail centre facility examination on August 30.

From January 1 to date, 86 articles have been seized in Townsville through the operation. Police say the various drugs seized have a combined street value of over $200,000.

The seizures have included cocaine, methylamphetamine, MDMA crystal, heroin, cannabis and cannabis products, opiate-based prescription medication and restricted drugs including Viagra, steroids, SARMS and peptide tablets.

One of the packages of illicit drugs seized by Queensland Police.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Adam Golding, officer-in-charge of the Major and Organised Crime Squad (MOCS) Northern said mail examinations in the region would be ongoing as part of policing strategies aimed at reducing harm posed by illicit drugs in the community.

“The operation results highlight the joint approach and commitment employed by police to combat this offending,” Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Golding said.

“We will continue using a range of methodologies and working with partners and the public to detect, prevent, and disrupt illegal drug supply and use, which is not tolerated by the vast majority of our community.”

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