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Major traffic operations targeting heavy vehicles net 11 positive drug detections

Media Release

POLICE have stopped more than 4000 drivers as part of two major traffic operations targeting heavy vehicles in the Western region.

Operation Macquarie Gateway ran from Wednesday 18 November 2015 to Friday 20 November 2015.

Traffic and Highway Patrol officers conducted 1845 random breath tests and 170 random drug tests, of which 160 were heavy vehicle tests.Cops002

Results of the operation included:

– 11 positive drug detections

– 25 traffic infringement notices were issued along with four traffic charges

– 26 exceed speed infringements

– 58 B-double stops and 66 rigid stops, with 19 heavy vehicle offences

Operation Northmore XII is a joint traffic lead operation between Barwon Local Area Command, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Queensland Police, and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

Police intercepted 843 heavy vehicles and conducted 2643 random breath tests and 195 random drug tests.

In one incident, officers stopped a vehicle travelling along the Newell Highway, Boggabilla.

Police spoke to the driver and subjected him to a random drug test which allegedly proved positive.

Officers searched the 23-year-old driver and his 27-year-old passenger – both from South Australia – with the assistance of a drug detection dog and allegedly located 24kg of cannabis inside two sealed plastic drums in the rear of the van, with an estimated potential street value of $480,000.

Each man was charged with supply cannabis greater than indictable quantity and less than commercial quantity and were refused bail to appear before Moree Local Court today (Saturday 21 November 2015).

The older man was also charged with possess prohibited drug.

In another incident about 5am on Friday 20 November 2015, police stopped a vehicle on Merriwa Street, Boggabilla, and spoke to the driver, a 34-year-old man.

He was subject to a roadside drug test which allegedly returned a positive result for mthylamphetamine.

During a search of his vehicle, officers allegedly located a methylamphetamine, cash and prescribed restricted substance.

The man was charged with drive while disqualified, possess prescribed restricted substance, possess prohibited drug, supply prohibited drug, deal with property suspected proceeds of crime.

He was bail refused to appear at Narrabri Local Court on Tuesday 24 November 2015.

Other results of Operation Northmore XII included:

– 25 positive drug detections

– 102 infringement notices

– 12 heavy vehicle defects

– Possess prohibited drug charges (x 18)

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said the operations were carried out as part of a state wide blitz.

“Police and road authorities were committed to reducing road trauma in all its forms and operations such as this were an important step towards achieving this,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

“I commend our officers for achieving these results in extreme heat conditions.”

In the upcoming months police will continue to undertake operations targeting heavy vehicles.