Police officer hit with drug bag thrown off Surfers apartment balcony

A POLICEMAN has been hit with a plastic bag containing drugs thrown from a Surfers Paradise apartment high-rise during a weekend raid.

Police from the Gold Coast Major and Organised Crime Squad executed a search warrant at a Surfers Paradise apartment over the weekend as part of Operation Lima Prompt and the supply of drugs on the Gold Coast.

Police allege that as they entered the 14th floor apartment, one of the occupants threw a plastic bag containing drugs over the balcony, striking a police officer on the street below.


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Detective Inspector Scott Knowles told the ABC that the senior constable was not injured.

“It’s just struck him and burst open on the ground,” he said.

“We recovered some of that powder for testing – as much as we could possibly from there.”

During the search, police allegedly seized amphetamines, drug utensils, a taser (made to look like a mobile telephone), counterfeit Australian currency, and $7,095 in cash.

A 39-year-old Labrador man was charged with possession of dangerous drugs, possession of counterfeit currency and possession of tainted property while a 28-year-old Bundall woman was charged with possession of a drug utensil.

A 30-year-old man from Broadbeach was also charged with possession of dangerous drugs and possession of a taser, and a 40-year-old Surfers Paradise man was charged with possession of tainted property, possession of property used in the commission of a drug offence and breach of bail.

The latest round of arrests bring the overall number of people charged as a result of Operation Lima Prompt to 12 people on 32 charges.

In total, approximately $16,000 in drugs has been seized and $33,500 in criminal assets. An illegal firearm and a taser have also been recovered during the course of the operation.

Investigations in relation to further offences and other people who may be involved are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

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