Guns, meth and dope seized in police raids

POLICE raids on properties in Toowoomba, Oakey and the Upper Lockyer Valley have netted guns, marijuana, methamphetamine and drug utensils.

Darling Downs District Tactical Crime Squad officer-in-charge Scott Stahlhut said the searches took place over the past three days.

They resulted in 14 people being charged on 41 offences.

The operation also included a heavy emphasis on random breath testing and road related offending.

Senior Sergeant Stahlhut said of particular concern was the interception of a 15-year-old boy driving a car in Oakey.

The teenager was cautioned in relation to driving as well as fraudulently obtaining an international driver licence.

Meanwhile, a crop of 18 marijuana plants up to 1.8m in height as well as about 1.8kg in dried marijuana leaf and head were seized from a Newtown address in Toowoomba.

A 42-year-old man was charged over the find.

In a separate incident, Snr Sgt Stahlhut said a 29-year-old Dalby man initially ran from police when they searched an Oakey address.

"A discarded backpack containing identifiable property from numerous burglaries was located soon after and the offender soon tracked and located hiding a under a lowset dwelling nearby," Snr Sgt Stahlhut said.

He was arrested without further incident and was subject to an arrest warrant for additional burglary offences as well as warrants for his apprehension and immediate return to prison.  

Other offences included charges against a 43-year-old Blanchview man for possession of an unregistered firearm as well as amphetamine possession charges against a 32-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man in North Toowoomba.

Snr Sgt Stahlhut said the crime squad was a highly mobile unit.

"The actions over the previous days are part of an ongoing strategy by The Darling Downs District Tactical Crime Squad to identify and prosecute offenders for criminal and traffic related matters throughout this region."  

Topics:  firearms lockyer valley marijuana methamphetamine oakey police toowoomba

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