The Courier Mail Rose Brennan May 16, 2013
A 17-YEAR-OLD man put his sister’s car into gear as she revved it, causing the car to hit and kill her boyfriend, a court has heard.
The Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday began hearing evidence into the trial of Samuel Collins, now 19, who has pleaded not guilty to one count of manslaughter over the death of David Alan Eldridge, 21, at Alberton on July 13, 2011.
ABC News Conor Duffy 17 May 2013
Drug experts say magic mushrooms are making a comeback on the nation’s party scene and warn that users face health risks and lengthy prison terms.
ABC News 16 May 2013
The AFL has revealed that the problem of players taking illegal drugs is worsening, with a 227 per cent increase in the rate of positive tests in 2012.
The results were made public alongside the report of the league’s working party into illicit drugs, which has recommended a tightening of the AFL’s anti-drug policy.
ABC News Jo Skinner 16 May 2013
Police on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast say they expect to lay more charges after a raid on the local Rebels Motorcycle Club.
Four men have been charged, after police raided the Rebels’ Kunda Park clubhouse on Tuesday.
Police say they seized more than $10,000 in illegal drugs, cash and alcohol.
Two men have been charged with possession of a dangerous drug, another with possession of tainted money and a third with obstructing police.
Police says more charges are expected to be laid.
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ABC News 15 May 2013
A senior member of the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang in Cairns in far north Queensland has appeared in court charged with offences including drug trafficking and possessing weapons.
Brisbane Times Bridie Jabour 14 May 2013
If Daniel Morcombe’s accused killer stands trial next year the Queensland justice system will be ushering him through more quickly than NSW would in similar trials.
Chief Justice Paul de Jersey claimed the murder trial of Peter Brett Cowan could have gone ahead this year if the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions was not under-resourced but appears to have backpedalled within 24 hours. He told News Limited a shortage of crown prosecutors had delayed the case going to trial this year and after a committal hearing a trial date should be set within months, not years.
Sydney Morning Herald Steve Lillebuen 14 May 2013
A massive jump in emergency calls due to crystal meth abuse across Melbourne has prompted warnings for authorities to act now before another epidemic occurs.
QPS News 14 May 2013
Investigators from State Crime Operations Command’s Task Force Hydra in conjunction with Far Northern Region Drug Squad have today charged 14 people with 45 charges following OMCG raids across Cairns.
The Courier-Mail Josh Robertson 15 May 2013
As wholesale cocaine dealers go, Steven Verrall didn’t flaunt much in the way of riches: a secondhand Subaru, a ride-on mower and $70,000 cash.
But the former Sunshine Coast rock drummer, who funded “a modest lifestyle” importing cocaine from Thailand, has been slapped with one of Queensland’s harshest prison stints for drug trafficking.
The Courier-Mail Grace Uhr 15 May 2013
An undercover police officer allegedly infiltrated the Cairns Bandidos gang and bought illicit drugs from a member as part of a sting which led to 14 people being charged with a range of offences yesterday.