Charges laid over alleged drug trafficking ring in Emerald

BUSTED: Police-issued search warrants have uncovered drugs, cash, firearms and stolen property from a number of Emerald addresses in recent days.
BUSTED: Police-issued search warrants have uncovered drugs, cash, firearms and stolen property from a number of Emerald addresses in recent days. Marc Stapelberg

ONE man has been jailed, another is in custody and a further four people are due to appear in the Emerald Magistrate's Court after police executed search warrants at a number of local addresses in the past week.

The ongoing joint operation between Emerald police, Blackwater Criminal Investigation Branch and a Brisbane-based dog squad uncovered a haul of drugs, drug utensils, cash, suspected stolen property and firearms.

A Sarina man, formerly of Emerald, was arrested on Monday after police intercepted a vehicle on Roberts St about 9am. It is alleged the car contained a quantity of dangerous drugs, namely methylamphetamine and cannabis, as well as drug paraphernalia and cash.

The 29-year-old was charged with drug trafficking, three counts of possession of dangerous drugs and one count each of possession of the proceeds of crime, possession of utensils, possession of property suspected of being stolen and disqualified driving.

He was remanded in custody and was due to appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court today.

A follow-up search of a Grey St property allegedly uncovered a further quantity of methylamphetamine. An Emerald man, 25, was charged with trafficking and possession of dangerous drugs and will appear in court on January 22.

Police also seized a pistol, a sawn-off shotgun and drug utensils from an address about 1km east of Emerald on Wednesday, December 5.

Damien James Carroll, 29, was charged in relation to these offences and sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment. He will be eligible for parole on June 5.

A search of a further three Emerald addresses the same day led to charges being laid against three people in relation to six drug offences.

Emerald officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Peter McFarlane said the latest trafficking charges had put a significant dent in the Central Highlands' drug supply ring. "We can't by any means claim to have eliminated the problem entirely, but we do believe we have had some effect of the supply of drugs in the local community," Snr Sgt McFarlane said.

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