Seven charged in marina drug raid

SEVEN men have been charged following Operation Juliet Osprey, the multi-agency operation targeting drugs and other offenses from Tin Can Bay to Bundaberg.

The Queensland Police Service, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Australian Federal Police, Australian Fisheries Management Authority and the Australian Crime Commission released the information in a joint statement yesterday.

They said that three Tin Can Bay men aged 38, 46 and 20, a 55-year-old from Howard, a 44-year-old from Nambour and a 44-year-old from Urangan are due to appear in court for a range of alleged offences, including 12 drug-related charges and one possession of a restricted item.

The operation centred on the Urangan Boat Harbour yesterday, targeting a range of criminal activity including drug trafficking, drug use by crew members, being in charge of vessels while under the influence of drugs, firearms offences and other prohibited items, fishery and related offences.

Officers said 49 fishing vessels were boarded during the operation. About 55 officers, including QPS and Customs and Border Protection drug detection dog teams, took part each day of the operation.

Regional crime co-ordinator, Detective Superintendent Maurice Carless said “the co-ordination and deployment of a large number of resources, including personnel, land and sea assets, by a number of agencies, required very detailed planning and cooperation.”

“Notwithstanding the prevailing weather conditions, this operation ran very smoothly and all involved in the planning and execution should be commended for their efforts,” he said.

Traffic enforcement was also conducted next to boat ramps from Tin Can Bay to Burrum Heads over the two days, resulting in 16 infringement notices and 18 random breath tests.

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