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Emerald CIB raid, find $40,000 of ice

SUBSTANTIAL RAID: Some of the ice Emerald CIB officers found during a search warrant prompted by a Crime Stoppers call.
SUBSTANTIAL RAID: Some of the ice Emerald CIB officers found during a search warrant prompted by a Crime Stoppers call. Kelly Butterworth Emeice

A RAID in Emerald has uncovered a stash of the drug ice with a street value of between $30,000 and $40,000, and police are crediting the community for the find.

Emerald Criminal Investigation Branch officers raided a house after a tip-off to Crime Stoppers, and found not only a "significant amount" of methylamphetamine (ice), but also anabolic steroids and drug utensils.

CIB Detective Senior Constable Fay Worthington said police were concerned about the growing amount of the drug in Emerald.

"In recent times, police have detected a significant increase in the use of ice in the Emerald area among both adults and teenagers," Det Snr Const Worthington said.

"Potentially these drugs were about to hit the streets of Emerald."

Police raided the Emerald property last Thursday, and Det Snr Const Worthington said getting the drugs out of the community was a great result.

"Ice is a highly addictive drug and is weaving a path of destruction in our communities," she said.

"It is a drug that does not discriminate and is affecting people from all walks of life."

A 29-year-old man was arrested and charged with two counts of possessing dangerous drugs and one count of possessing utensils and a 23-year-old woman was charged with possession of utensils following the raid.

Det Snr Const Worthington said information given to Crime Stoppers was invaluable.

"Emerald police are appreciative that on this occasion information was reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers," she said.

"If you have drug- related information that you wish to report, you can ring Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000."

Both offenders will face Emerald Magistrates Court next month.

CHILLING FACTS

Ice is a stimulant drug, which means it speeds up the messages travelling between the brain and the body.

Ice usually comes as small chunky clear crystals that look like ice.

Also called crystal meth, shabu, crystal, glass, shard.


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