Category Archives: Drug analysis and toxicology

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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

News.com.au 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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New lead in headless torso mystery?

Brisbane Times 12 April 2014

A skull found in forestry near Tin Can Bay on Thursday could belong to the unidentified victim in the Cedar Pocket torso mystery.  The grisly find was yesterday confirmed by police to be human remains, with The Gympie Times reporting a skull was discovered by forestry workers.

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Skull found in the forest

Could Tin Can Bay remains be Gympie torso’s missing head?

Accused Californian cocaine smuggler Tony Nguyen on bail ahead of May court appearance

Gold Coast Bulletin Leah Fineran April 09, 2014

A CALIFORNIAN tourist accused of trying to smuggle in cocaine disguised as protein powder into the Gold Coast has been granted bail.
Tony Nguyen, 25, today faced the Southport Magistrates Court via videolink from jail.
He was arrested along with a Mackay man Cody Jarvis last month as part of a joint Australian Crime Commission, Customs, Australian Federal Police investigation into cocaine smuggling.
Police allege the pair were visiting the Gold Coast to receive two kilos of cocaine concealed as protein powder in Australia Post parcels.

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Nightclub boss Ivan Tesic and alleged drug dealer Braden Quan back on the Gold Coast to face court on drug charges

Gold Coast Bulletin Melanie Petrinec April 09, 2014

A second man caught up in a massive police operation targeting drug trafficking at Glitter Strip nightclubs has flown into Gold Coast Airport with police escorts.
Broaden Quan, 26, allegedly dealt cocaine to partygoers from a booth at Surfers Paradise nightspot, Club Liv.
He was extradited from Sydney earlier this week along with Club Liv part-owner Ivan Tesic.

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