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Police say Emerald drug problem is reaching new heights

Emerald has seen a 58% increase in drug offences
Emerald has seen a 58% increase in drug offences

A SUDDEN increase in Emerald's drug activity has forced local police to ramp up investigations in an effort to turn around the worrying trend.

The ongoing operation, targeting amphetamine and marijuana supply in the area, comes after reports of a 58.2% increase in drug offences in the Emerald division on the last financial year.

The targeted drug blitz has led to serious charges laid against a number of people for the trafficking, producing and possession of dangerous drugs.

This week police charged three more people with drug possession.

Police also found a man carrying a quantity of amphetamines about 7pm on Sunday after being called to a suspected drug overdose at the Emerald Hospital.

Local officer-in-charge Detective Sergeant Michael Polit said getting to the root of the problem, namely drug activity, would go a long way to reducing other crimes in the region.

"Amphetamine use and supply is on the increase in Emerald," Det Sgt Polit said.

"But it's also the behaviour that is associated with it.

"Most of the drug offenders are also our property offenders as well.

"It goes hand-in-hand."

Despite the apparent influx of drugs into Emerald, there appears no markedly significant rise in drug activity elsewhere around the Central Highlands.

"We've had no dramatic increase here... no more offences than other times," a Moranbah police spokesman said.

A Blackwater police spokesman held similar sentiments but highlighted with low staffing levels the local drug activity "probably hasn't been receiving the attention it deserves".

Det Sgt Polit said information police received from members of the public was critical to solving crimes.

People can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Emerald CIB on 4983 8124.


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