Category Archives: Drug analysis and toxicology

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Fears drug users will turn to dangerous synthetics as raids gutted Gold Coast drug trade

Gold Coast Bulletin Melanie Petrinec 23 April 2014

HEALTH authorities are on alert for addicts turning to synthetic drugs, hallucinogens and alcohol after widespread cocaine and marijuana raids gutted underground trade on the Gold Coast.

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Powdered alcohol is now a thing

Science Alert 21 April 2014

The US has approved ‘Palcohol’ – powdered alcohol that could make boozing much more discrete.

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Police raids leave Gold Coast drug trade reeling

Gold Coast Bulletin Melanie Petrinec 21 April 2014

A STRING of covert police operations targeting the Gold Coast’s seedy underbelly has all but gutted the local drug trade over the past three months.

The street value of drugs has risen by 25 per cent, according to police informants, indicating a significant hole in trade after four major stings netted more than $30 million in cannabis, cocaine and methylamphetamines.

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Burnt torso: science, police work paints picture of victim

Brisbane Times Marissa Calligeros 17 April 2014

Detectives are relying on medical science to identify a man whose burnt, dismembered torso was found on the side of a rural Queensland last year.  Police are yet to determine whether a skull found last week in a pine tree plantation near Tin Can Bay, about 30 kilometres north of Cedar Pocket, belongs to the same victim.

Any DNA retrieved from the skull, which is being forensically examined at Brisbane’s John Tonge Centre, will be compared with DNA samples taken from the torso.

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Cancer patient fronts court on Qld’s Gold Coast over alleged cannabis smuggling syndicate

ABC News Elise Worthington 17 April 2014

A cancer patient accused of being involved in a multi-million-dollar interstate cannabis smuggling ring was granted bail yesterday.  Police wrapped up a 12-month investigation on Tuesday with raids in Victoria, News South Wales and on the Gold Coast, resulting in the arrests of more than 20 people on dozens of charges.

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Highgate Hill man Djung Hoanh Nguyen, 40, facing 10 charges after police allegedly find drug crop in house

The Courier Mail Brooke Baskin 15 April 2014

Highgate Hill man Djung Hoanh Nguyen, 40, allegedly moonlighted as the secret gardener behind a cannabis crop of 570 plants hidden in a house at Stretton, in suburban Brisbane.

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Queensland government employees involved in drug syndicate: police

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva 15 April 2014

Queensland government employees were involved in a Gold Coast drug syndicate that couriered millions of dollars worth of drugs through commercial airports, police allege.

Queensland government employees involved in drug syndicate: police

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva 15 April 2014

Queensland government employees were allegedly involved in a Gold Coast drug syndicate which was shut down on Tuesday morning, police say.  More than $1 million of drugs were seized following a series of raids, with police alleging the syndicate distributed cannabis across Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Townsville.

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Public servants ‘in drug ring’

Workplace drug testing tipped to increase despite misgivings

Sydney Morning Herald Amy Corderoy 14 April 2014

Workplace drug testing is likely to become increasingly common as employers attempt to cut ”presenteeism” and ensure safety, one of Australia’s leading workplace drug experts says.

Ken Pidd, the deputy director, research, at the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction in Adelaide recently conducted a review of the evidence in favour of the tests, and found outside of a few circumstances, such as mandatory alcohol testing for US truck drivers, there was little proof they improved safety.

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Soft justice for some hard cases Robyn Ironside 14 April 2014

HALF the violent offenders who face court in Queensland escape any sort of jail sentence.

Figures obtained by The Courier-Mail from the Department of Justice and Attorney-General show of the 19,055 people convicted of grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning bodily harm in the past five years, 9702 (50.9 per cent) walked free from court.

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