Most call-outs for our police related to drug influence
MOST of the call-outs for Kingaroy police relate directly or indirectly to the influence of drugs, particularly ice.
This is according to Kingaroy officer in charge Senior Sergeant David Tierney.
"I would say that most of all calls for service regarding property crime, domestic violence and disturbances relate either directly or indirectly to the influence of drugs, particularly ice,” he said.
Like many rural communities, police officers have identified ice as an issue within the Kingaroy community.
"The worrying thing is, that affects not only the drug has on people but also the agents they use to cut it with,” Snr Sgt Tierney said.
Kingaroy police are more likely to charge people for drug possession of methylamphetamine than marijuana these days.
"It is a similar matter with driving, in that drug-affected drivers are, if not more predominant, are on par with drink driving with regards to numbers getting detected,” he said.
Police officers from the Dalby-Burnett Patrol Group recently undertook a year-long major drug operation around the Kingaroy, Murgon and Cherbourg areas.
Officers closed the operation on January 22.
It involved a series of rolling search warrants and vehicle interceptions aimed at the distribution and supply of ice to the area.
Police officers estimate around $170,000 worth of dangerous drugs, including ice and methylamphetamine, were seized during the 12-month operation.
A total of 111 offenders were charged with 695 offences over the year.
It was wrapped up after 15 search warrants at Burnett residences over the last two days of the operation.
As a result, seven people were arrested and charged with trafficking in dangerous drugs and more than 450 counts of supplying dangerous drugs.
The men are expected to appear in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on May 8.
Police officers would encourage anyone with information regarding any offences, including drugs, to report it to their local police, Policelink on 131444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.