“Not an essential reason”; Police make second border drug bust

QUEENSLAND Police have revealed they arrested a second person at the border allegedly trying to bring drugs into the state.

It’s understood a 40-year-old Hope Island man approached the M1 border checkpoint around 8.00am on Tuesday.

“Officers made inquiries as to that particular member attempting to enter Queensland and formed a suspicion that lead them to detain that vehicle and search it,” Acting Chief Superintendent Rhys Wildman told reporters on Friday.


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“What they uncovered was 236 grams of a substance suspected of being crystal methamphetamine hidden behind carpet on the passenger side footwell as well as $1800 cash in a compartment on the dashboard of the car.”

The man was arrested and charged with possess a dangerous drug, possess property suspected of being proceeds of a drug crime, possess dangerous drug and possess utensil.

He is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court today.

Detectives on the Gold Coast also raided a home in Hope Island and arrested a 31-year-old female associate.

She was charged with drug related matters and will be in court in September.

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It follows revelations a Sydney man tried to cross the border with $1.2 million dollars worth of cannabis in his van on Thursday night.

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Acting Chief Superintendent Wildman said it’s clear that’s not a good reason to cross the border.

“That’s not an essential reason. It doesn’t fit within criteria,” he said.

“That’s a really good turnaround arrest for us.

“It just highlights how closely New South Wales and Queensland Police operate in maintaining our border operations.

“I talk to my counterparts multiple times daily .. we constantly talk about the operational status on both sides of the fence.”