Martin Sykes

Police investigate influx of many drugs on to streets

POLICE are investigating whether criminal bikie gangs are behind an influx of dangerous drugs hitting the streets of Warwick.

Warwick Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Sergeant Darren Tamblyn said officers had carried out several drug raids over the past week, uncovering steroids, ecstasy, methyl amphetamines and LSD.

A 24-year-old Warwick man has been charged with supplying ecstasy, LSD and steroids, and a 26-year-old Warwick man has been charged with possessing drugs and other property used in the commission of a drug offence.

Det Sgt Tamblyn said it was concerning to see both intravenous steroids and the gel form Clenbuterol, which is primarily used to treat respiratory problems in horses, making its way into the community.

"It is young people who are using the drugs as a way to speed up their metabolism," he said.

"(Clenbuterol) has some pretty nasty side effects and can knock the heart around. People have complained about getting so wound up on it their voice quivers and shakes."

Although people seem to think Clenbuterol is legal, Det Sgt Tamblyn warned that that was not the case.

Another area being targeted by police is the sale of various drugs under the guise of ecstasy. Det Sgt Tamblyn said the drugs, being sold in capsule form, were derivatives of the drug, and also contained LSD.

He said police suspected the drugs were coming from the Gold Coast and were looking into leads linking them to bikie gangs.

Anyone who has any information on drug crimes are urged to call Warwick Police on 4660 4444 or 1800 333 000.



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