Category Archives: Drug analysis and toxicology

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Massive drug bust as police launch crackdown in the run up to Gold Coast Schoolies

Gold Coast Bulletin Mackenzie Ravn & Robyn Wuth October 31, 2014

A MAMMOTH drug bust at a Gold Coast cemetery has kicked off a police crackdown in the lead-up to Schoolies.
Rapid Action and Patrol group officers were checking a high-risk offender was following bail conditions when they saw two men acting suspiciously in the old Pimpama cemetery about 11pm on Wednesday.

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Councils want help with drug lab clean-up

Brisbane Times Kim Stephens October 29, 2014

A Queensland Government plan to handball responsibility for cleaning up clandestine drug laboratories to local government has prompted a backlash from Brisbane City Council.
About 40 drug laboratories were discovered by Queensland police in the Brisbane area last year and currently responsibility for clearing the crime scene rests with the state government.
The government is soon to offload the clean-up to local governments across the state.
In a motion moved by Brisbane City Council at the Local Government Association of Queensland annual conference in Mackay, the council is seeking support for a unified push to make the government provide resources and funding for the move.

Australian authorities admit knowledge gaps on nanopesticides, but insist they can be properly regulated.

ABC Rural News James Bennett 29 October 2014

Australia’s current system for approving agricultural chemicals can effectively assess the safety of ‘nano’ products, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) says.
Nano materials are said to offer farmers major benefits like more effective, targeted use of pesticides that mean lower doses and the ability to develop better controlled-release chemicals and livestock medicines.
The APVMA’s CEO Kareena Arthy said the organisation’s existing criteria for assessing the safety of agricultural chemicals is adequate,

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Police dismantle Townsville drug ring

Townsville Bulletin Rachel Afflick, Samantha Healy 26 October 2014

POLICE have seized a $30,000 haul of cannabis and dismantled an alleged drug distribution ring in a series of raids across Townsville. Twelve people, all alleged to be members of the same drug syndicate, were charged with 46 drug offences as Operation Mike Zambezi reached its culmination at the weekend.

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Drugs and cash seized at alleged criminal motorcycle gang meeting house

QPS News 24 October 2014

In continued enforcement action against criminal gangs, earlier today, detectives from Taskforce Maxima executed simultaneous search warrants at business premises at Carrara and Worongary on the Gold Coast.

It will be alleged at Kurilpa Street, Worongary address detectives located approximately 5 kilograms of cannabis, $35,000 in cash, drug paraphernalia and criminal gang paraphernalia associated with the Odin Warriors Criminal Motorcycle Gang.

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Update: Drugs and cash seized at CMG clubhouse

Drug laboratory located, Kurwongbah

QPS News 24 October 2014

Earlier today Detectives from Task Force Maxima executed search warrant at residence Lakeside Street, Kurwongbah.

This search is still underway and has already resulted in the location of illicit laboratory used to manufacture methyl-amphetamines (ICE), a quantity of dangerous chemicals, a semi-automatic handgun, a rifle and quantity of methyl-amphetamines (ICE) and cannabis.

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Drug charges, Kurwongbah

Taskforce Maxima located drugs and cash on the Gold Coast

QPS News 24 October 2014

In continued enforcement action against criminal gangs, Taskforce Maxima detectives intercepted a participant of the Black Uhlans Criminal Motor Cycle Gang and located a significant quantity of methyl-amphetamines (ICE) and cash.  A search located approximately 453 grams (one pound) of methyl-amphetamines (ICE).  Police will also allege they located drug paraphernalia and ammunition.

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