A number of stolen motorcycles, drugs and weapons have been found during a major police blitz on the northern Gold Coast overnight.
The one-day operation began mid-afternoon on Tuesday and finished around 9.00pm last night and saw officers from the Gold Coast Northern Patrol Group, Road Policing Command, the Railway Squad and the Mounted Unit conduct high-visibility patrols across the northern suburbs, particularly Pimpama.
During the crime crackdown, which was codenamed “Lock Down”, local detectives executed search warrants on a number of homes in the Pimpama area, allegedly uncovering quantities of methylamphetamines, cannabis, steroids and a telescopic baton.
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Eight people were also charged on 19 offences including possession of a restricted weapon and drug offences.
During the course of the night, officers also found three motorcycles which had allegedly been stolen during a home burglary just moments earlier.
“Further police patrols in the area also resulted in three drug arrests and possess utensil and category M weapon offences,” Qld Police said.
The proactive operation also made its way to public transport areas in the suburb, with police issuing a total of 44 evade fare warnings and 14 evade fare infringements.
Officers from Road Policing Command also conducted traffic enforcement in the area, with 230 random breath tests conducted with one drink driver detected and 12 traffic infringement notices issued for offences including unlicensed drivers and unregistered vehicles.
Police say these types of joint partnership operations are expected to continue, in a bid to “reduce crime and any instances of anti-social behaviour in the area.”