23 November 2017

Police seize cocaine and ecstasy in operation targeting drug-trafficking in Canberra’s CBD

| Glynis Quinlan
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Police seized 46 drug items including cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamine during an operation in Canberra’s entertainment district last Friday and Saturday.

Seven people have been summonsed for drug-related offences and 15 people will undergo drug diversion programs following on from the targeted action by ACT Policing’s Drugs and Organised Crime Team.

Police detected 25 separate drug incidents in Canberra’s entertainment zone, with 30 cocaine seizures, 15 MDMA (ecstasy) seizures and one seizure of amphetamine.

The police action was part of Operation Ghar which is an ongoing police initiative targeting and disrupting the supply and trafficking of drugs in the Canberra CBD.

It followed two days of action targeting the Fyshwick mail exchange, aided by Australian Border Force and Australia Post.

Almost 3000 mail items were scanned and 15 items seized, including cocaine, amphetamine, synthetic cannabis and anabolic steroids.

Detective Acting Station Sergeant Mark Steel warned the public about the dangers of taking illicit drugs.

“Illicit drugs can have catastrophic effects on the individual, their friends and family and stopping these drugs making it to the streets of Canberra is a priority for ACT Policing,” Detective Acting Station Sergeant Steel said.

“There is no safe way to take illicit drugs. Every time you take any substance not prescribed to you, you risk hospitalisation, serious and sometimes long-lasting side effects or death.”

Police are urging anyone who has information about drug dealing in Canberra to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously.

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