Gold Coast Bulletin Mackenzie Ravn 27 march 2015
A WOMAN was busted with drugs and syringes in her car during school pick-up outside of Pacific Pines State High School yesterday. A search of the vehicle found ice, prescription drugs, MDMA (ecstasy), cannabis and pipes. The woman will face Southport Magistrates Court next month charged with five counts of possessing dangerous drugs, four counts of drug utensils and one count of failing to dispose.
QPS News 29 March 2015
A 38-year-old Yeerongpilly man has been charged with burglary, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, drink driving and three counts of making threats. He is scheduled to appear before the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.
ABC News Melissa Maddison 27 March 2015
Three people have been charged after drug raids on two apartments in the Mackay CBD in north Queensland.
Officers searched two separate buildings overnight and seized a “substantial” amount of methylamphetamine, or ‘ice’, and more than $40,000 in cash.
The Courier Mail Jessica Marszalek March 27, 2015
THE powerful CFMEU wants mandatory drug tests on all work sites in the wake of safety risks posed by people coming to work affected by ice.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, which has been mired in allegations of links with bikies, yesterday announced a policy on blanket drug and alcohol testing for employers and employees.
The union says people turning up to work under the influence were putting lives at risk and a recent near-miss incident involving a crane that is under investigation was the last straw.
In the same week that an Australian Crime Commission report painted the stark picture of the rise of ice among the country’s drug users, the CFMEU estimated as many as 5 per cent of construction workers used the drug.
CFMEU national construction secretary Dave Noonan said the drug posed a threat not seen for other recreational drug users.
“The emergence of ice has caused us to have a serious discussion about the way forward,” Mr Noonan said.
The union was changing its policy because of concerns raised by members who worried about the safety risks involved with working with colleagues who were either addicts, or had taken drugs or alcohol, he said.
The union wants mandatory saliva testing for employers, construction workers, crane drivers and tradesmen on site.
“Our proposal is not punitive – it’s about safety and providing support for people,” Mr Noonan said.
Master Builders said it was surprised by the new policy but welcomed it.
“Master Builders will sit down with the CFMEU if they are genuine and willing to have sensible discussions on practical solutions on how a testing regime can be implemented,” chief executive Wilhelm Harnisch said.
He said the organisation had been a long-term supporter of compulsory random drug and alcohol testing to ensure workers returned home each day safely to their families.
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ABC News Ashleigh Stevenson and Charmaine Kane 26 March 2015
A Gold Coast criminologist is heading a research project into why the use of performance-enhancing drugs has skyrocketed in Queensland.
Dr Terry Goldsworthy from Bond University said data from the Australian Crime Commission showed steroid use had increased by about 200 per cent since 2008 and Queensland accounted for about 60 per cent of steroid arrests.
He said his research aimed to identify the psychological consequences of using steroids, how widespread the use of steroids was, the associated mental and physical impacts of the drugs, trying to determine how people were obtaining the drugs and why they were using them.
Gold Coast Bulletin Robyn Wuth March 25, 2015
A RAPID Action and Patrols blitz of the Nerang industrial estate has busted a man with $30,000 cash and resulted in a string of drug charges.
RAP officers intercepted a vehicle driving by a 37-year-old man on Lawrence Drive during the targeted operation.
Police found more than $30,000 cash and drug paraphernalia kin the vehicle.
A second search of the man’s Nerang home uncovered located cannabis, steroids, cocaine, MDMA and items used in the connection with the administering and supply of drugs.
Gold Coast Bulletin Robyn Wuth March 25, 2015
AN ALLEGED teenage drug dealer has been caught red-handed pushing drugs into the Surfers Paradise party precinct.
Police from the Rapid Action and Patrols busted the teenager’s operation in a unit in Laycock Street Surfers Paradise on Friday night.
Police raided the unit and seized $4245 cash, 50 grams of cannabis, 7 grams of cocaine, 70 ecstasy pills, scales, drug paraphernalia and records indicating his commercial activities.