Category Archives: Drug analysis and toxicology

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McCulkin cold case: Property seized after drug bust September 19, 2014

A PROPERTY once owned by Queensland rugby league great Shane Webcke has been seized by authorities after a drug bust linked to one of the state’s longest-running cold-case murder investigations.
A proceeds-of-crime application alleges the Leyburn property, west of Warwick on the southern Darling Downs, is among assets owned by Thomas Edward Martin who was arrested last month in raids on the Darling Downs by police investigating the 1974 murders of Brisbane woman Barbara McCulkin and her two young daughters.

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Spotlight on forensics

ABC Brisbane Radio 612 Interview 18 September 2014

Forensic science has never been so glamorous.
Crime shows like CSI, NCIS, Bones and Sherlock have helped make the science behind crime busting intriguing.
Which is probably a double-edged sword for real scientists….it’s great to have some professional acknowledgement but it gets a little frustrating hearing “but they did it on CSI”.
Wikipedia actually names the term the “CSI effect”, also known as the “CSI infection” or “CSI syndrome” – which refers to the impact the exaggerated potrayal of forensic science has on public perception.
So what’s it really like to be a forensic scientist, and what exactly do they do?
Kelly spoke to Greg Shaw (pictured), the Director of Forensic and Scientific Services for Queensland Health. She also spoke to Dr Bradley Schatz, a forensic computer scientist.

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Gold Coast explosion: Man suffers burns to 80pc of his body

ABC News Tom Forbes,  Charmaine King 16 September 2014

A man has suffered burns to 80 per cent of his body following an explosion in a Gold Coast townhouse.

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Explosion, Robina – QPS News

Man burned in blast at house –  Courier Mail

More arrests and property recovered in Operation Kilo Zurich

Qld Police Media September 17, 2014

Officers from the Gold Coast Major and Organised Crime Squad have executed search warrants at two addresses on the Gold Coast as part of further investigations in relation to Operation Kilo Zurich.
The operation was a Major and Organised Crime Squad investigation into a criminal syndicate allegedly transporting cannabis from Victoria to Queensland via domestic airlines.

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Alleged Black Uhlans drug cook left with severe burns after lab explosion at Robina

Gold Coast Bulletin 17 September 2014

AN alleged drug cook for the Black Uhlans outlaw motorcycle gang is fighting for his life after a suspected clandestine drug lab exploded at Robina early yesterday.

The blast left the 37-year-old man with internal injuries and burns to 80 per cent of his body.

The victim was dropped off at Robina Hospital by a woman believed to be his partner a short time after the incident but was later transferred to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

He remains in a critical condition with internal injuries and it is understood his condition may have been worsened by ingesting chemicals following the blast.

Related news: Police are investigating a possible drug lab explosion at a Robina unit this morning where a 37-year-old man suffered burns to 80% of his body

Bikies using legal substances in thriving steroid trade

Sydney Morning Herald Nino Bucci 16 September 2014

A thriving bikie steroid trade has been uncovered during a national investigation into links between legal chemical businesses and the manufacture of illicit drugs.

The Australian Crime Commission is lobbying the chemical industry after finding that about 30 legal chemicals could be used in the manufacture of illicit substances.

ACC acting executive director of operations John Moss said unregulated chemicals were being used by organised crime groups in the manufacture of methylamphetamine, other illicit drugs and precursor chemicals.

Medical marijuana: Legal use of drug one step closer as NSW Government announces trial

ABC news 16 September 2014

The New South Wales Government has announced a clinical trial of the medical use of marijuana, making its legal use one step closer in the state.

A working group has been formed to set up the trial, which will look at ways to address issues of supply and distribution, and report back by the end of the year.

The Government is also moving to formalise police guidelines so that people who possess small amounts of cannabis will not be charged if their name is on a register of terminally ill patients.

Related news: Push for medical cannabis rolls on / Sydney Morning Herald 16/9/14