Korean worker caught in trap

A KOREAN national, believed to be working illegally in Bundaberg, may face deportation after he was discovered during a four-hour traffic operation in the city today.

Operation Kentucky 13, spear-headed by officers of the Bundaberg Police traffic branch, was rolled out along Goodwood Rd, near the Ring Rd, from 6am-10am.

Bundaberg Police Traffic Branch Sergeant Marty Arnold said the team of 24 included officers from the Transport and Immigration departments, the Roadside Drug Testing Unit, the Tactical Crime Unit and Bundaberg detectives.

"It was targeting illegal workers and drug-affected drivers," he said.

Sgt Arnold said officers breath tested more than 600 motorists, and issued 65 infringement notices for a variety of offences including drink-driving.

One person was charged with drug-0driving and two people were charged for allegedly possessing methamphetamines.

Sgt Arnold said five people were also charged for unlicensed driving.

"I am disappointed by the number of unlicensed drivers there are out there," he said.

"These operations will become more frequent."
Sgt Arnold said the Korean national would now have to "show cause" to be able to stay in the country.

He said the operation had been in the pipeline for two months and was a collaborative effort between the different agencies.

"We are trying to keep these operations happening regularly," he said.

Sgt Arnold issued a warning to drivers who chose to use illegal drugs and also drive.

"Cannabis and amphetamines can stay in your system for three to four days," he said.

"If you're caught, you will lose your licence."

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 600 ... RBTs
  • 5 ... charged with unlicensed driving
  • 2 ... charged with possessing amphetamines
  • 65 ... infringements issued

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