Category Archives: Drug analysis and toxicology

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Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship journal goes Gold open access

(Royal Society of Chemistry 15 July 2014) The Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship journal, Chemical Science, is going Gold open access from 2015 — making it the world’s first high-quality open access chemistry journal.

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship journal, Chemical Science, is going Gold open access from 2015 – making it the world’s first high-quality open access chemistry journal.  From January 2015 onwards, all new content in Chemical Science will be free for anyone to access.

To ease the transition to open access, the Royal Society of Chemistry is waiving all Article Processing Charges (APCs) for two years.

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Brisbane heroin syndicate made $160k a week: police

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva 18July 2014

Police have shut down a major Brisbane heroin syndicate, charging 87 people following a 12-month operation.    An estimated five kilograms of high-grade heroin, with an estimated value $2 million, was seized along with amphetamines, cocaine and cannabis.

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Drug trafficking charges, Surfers Paradise

QPS News 19 July 2014

Police have charged a 62-year-old woman with drug trafficking offences after a vehicle was intercepted in Surfers Paradise last night.  A quantity of dangerous drugs including cannabis, MDMA, methamphetamine, cash and other items were found

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Drugs, cash in illegally parked car

87 people charged with 203 offences as part of drug trafficking operation

Qld Police Media July 18, 2014

Investigators from State Crime Command’s Drug and Serious Crime Group have finalised an operation targeting large scale drug trafficking in the Brisbane Metropolitan area.
A total of 87 people have been charged with 203 charges including ten people charged under the Vicious Lawless Association Declaration. No persons charged as part of the operation were members of criminal motorcycle gangs.

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Explosive charges, Brighton

Qld Police News July 17, 2014

A man has been charged following an incident in Brighton from overnight.
An emergent situation was declared following police allegedly discovered a quantity of drugs, a drug manufacturing equipment and explosives.

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Exclusive: ‘American Beauty’ murderer’s ex-lover Dr Michael Robertson speaks about his Baden-Clay trial cameo

Herald Sun [Melbourne] Shelley Hadfield July 17, 2014

WORLDS collided when Melbourne’s Dr Michael Robertson took to the stand in the Baden-Clay murder trial.
Dr Robertson himself has said friends used to joke that he was a walking advertisement for the negative consequences of an extramarital affair.
A forensic toxicologist, Dr Robertson was called to give evidence for the defence in Gerard Baden-Clay’s trial.
Dr Robertson, who now runs a forensic consulting service in Brisbane, told the Herald Sun yesterday that the Rose Petal case did come to mind when he was acting as an expert witness in the Baden-Clay trial.

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Qld police identify burnt torso found near Gympie

ABC News Bruce Atkinson 18 July 2014

Police have identified burnt human remains that were found near Gympie in southern Queensland last year.
A man’s torso was found at Cedar Pocket, east of Gympie, last September.
Detective Inspector Bruce McNab said the remains were those of a 66-year-old man from Tanawha, south-west of Maroochydore.

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CMG – Search warrant executed / drugs located

Qld Police Media July 17, 2014

Detectives from Taskforce Maxima and the Sunshine Coast Gangs Squad executed a series of search warrants today in the Sunshine Coast District targeting the drug distribution networks of the Rebels Criminal Motorcycle Gang.
These actions saw the execution of six search warrants at addresses in the Coolum, Yandina, Maroochydore, Mountain Creek and Castaways Beach areas. The searches resulted in the location of cannabis, methyl-amphetamines, $3,900 cash and drug paraphernalia.

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Weapons and drug charges, Pacific Pines

Qld Police Media July 17, 2014

On Thursday July 17, as part of ongoing enforcement action against criminal gangs, detectives from Taskforce Maxima and officers from the Australian Federal Police (including the National Anti-Gangs Squad) and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service executed a search warrant at a Pacific Pines address, targeting the networks of the Bandidos Criminal Motor Cycle gang.
The early morning raid saw the location and seizure of a semi-automatic pistol, ammunition and silencer. The search also located a small quantity of methyl-amphetamine (ICE), steroids and drug paraphernalia.

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Lawyers for Gerard Baden-Clay file appeal against conviction for murder of wife Allison

Brisbane Times Marissa Calligeros July 17, 2014

LAWYERS for Gerard Baden-Clay have filed an appeal against his conviction for murder.
A jury found Baden-Clay, 43, guilty of his wife Allison’s murder on Tuesday following a six-week trial at the Supreme Court in Brisbane.

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