Stanthorpe Police Sergeant Daniel O’Dea co-ordinated a highway blitz where more than 4000 vehicles were checked.
Stanthorpe Police Sergeant Daniel O’Dea co-ordinated a highway blitz where more than 4000 vehicles were checked.

Four drug drivers caught

NOT even a lonely highway during the middle of the night was safe for drug users, with Warwick district police officers wrapping up a 96-hour operation there at the weekend.

The New England Highway at Wallangarra was the target zone where 40 police officers zeroed in on heavy vehicles and drug movements into Queensland from New South Wales.

Stanthorpe Police SergeantDaniel O’Dea, who had planned Operation Northmore since September, said more people were nabbed for drug-driving than drink-driving.

“More than 4000 vehicles were intercepted, resulting in 60 charges which included 18 for drug-related matters,” Sgt O’Dea said.

“Three people were charged with drink-driving and four truck drivers were charged with drug-driving.

“More than 150 traffic-infringement notices were issued during the operation which started on Thursday and ended on Sunday.”

In last year’s Operation Northmore police detected one positive drink-driver from 1870 random breath tests conducted and netted nine positive drug-driving readings from 253 tests.

Sgt O’Dea co-ordinated more than 40 police officers from the Warwick district, Toowoomba and Brisbane.

“These operations have a place and purpose when monitoring highway movement,” he said.

“Some truckies had been pulled over at all three target locations at Wallangarra, Boggabilla and Ballina.”

This year’s highway blitz did not uncover any slimy critters trying to enter the Sunshine State, with a haul last year of156 crabs sniffed out by police dogs.

Of these, only 20 of the muddies were later determined to be of legal size.

“No mudcrabs this year, but Queensland Boating and Fisheries officers were there in case,” Sgt O’Dea said.

Blitz results

More than 4000 vehicles intercepted.

Three people charged with drink driving.

Four people charged with drug driving.

More than 150 traffic infringements issued.

18 charges for drugs – up from last year where 13 offenders were charged for drug offences.



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