Dogs sniff out drugs
Monday, 22nd December, 2008
Nine people have been charged or cautioned for drug related offences after sniffer dogs searched licenced premises, public areas and the street over the weekend.
Police conducted their high visibility "Operation Vikings" on the weekend with the assistance of two Police Drug Detection Units from Sydney.
In excess of 25 people were searched as a result of positive indication by the Drug Detection Dogs.
Amounts of cannabis and ecstasy were seized and police said that nine people have been charged or cautioned for drug related offences.
Police said the weekend operation should come as a warning to those that have drugs in their possession, that they may well be detected and charged.
The operation commenced on Thursday and finished at 4am yesterday.
In total an additional 12 police were on the beat during the operation with more of the same to be seen throughout the festive season.
Over the weekend, police also spoke with a number of people in relation to their behaviour and three people were reported for offensive conduct.
Three move-on directions were given to people intimidating others and one man was issued with an infringement notice for failing to quit licensed premises. Police said that a juvenile was also detected within a licenced premises and also found to be in possession of false identification.
A total of three search warrants were also conducted on Broken Hill houses over the weekend resulting in the seizure of prohibited drugs. A number of charges have resulted including the supply of prohibited drugs.
Members of the public with information regarding drugs and other crimes are urged to contact the local police station, or ring crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Operation Safe Arrival also commenced on Friday and has already seen over 600 breath tests conducted within the Barrier Local Area Command.
Five drivers have been charged with drink driving offences and two charged with driving whilst their licence was disqualified.
In addition 27 traffic infringement notices have been issued for speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and general traffic offences.
Operation Safe Arrival will continue running through until January 2 and will target speeding, alcohol/drug impaired driving, driver fatigue and not wearing seatbelts.