GOLD COAST police have this afternoon wrapped up a high visibility two-day traffic operation at various locations leading up to the Queensland and New South Wales state border.
Within the first hour of the operation, police nabbed a 50-year-old man at Ormeau with what was believed to be a quantity of speed, a container of liquid fantasy, and 61 pseudoephedrine tablets.
He faced court on Thursday morning, charged with possessing dangerous drugs but was bailed with a $10,000 surety.
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The operation, dubbed ‘CATCH 1’ – Crime and Traffic Connecting on Highways – kicked off on Wednesday and is based on a similar successful program developed in Canada and Northern America more than 20 years ago.
Police said the operation was part of the service’s continued commitment to removing illicit drugs, impaired drivers and criminal activity from Gold Coast roads.
In total, more than 10 people were charged, including one interstate truck driver who tested positive to methamphetamine. He had allegedly been at the wheel for more than 14 hours straight.
The extensive operation involved officers from the Gold Coast District and Road Policing Command, including the Random Drug Testing Unit, Brisbane Dog Squad and as well as officers from other agencies.
“The educational element of Operation CATCH 1 involves training police officers to identify indicators of criminal behaviour and enhance their observational, conversational, listening and investigative skills when intercepting and searching vehicles,” police said in a statement.