POLICE have arrested 163 people on over 380 charges following a major year-long operation targeting the supply of crystal meth in outback Queensland.
Operation Papa Journey was launched in July last year following an increase in meth use in Mount Isa.
Acting on information supplied from the community, police executed over 160 search warrants in and around the mining city and arrested 163 people on 385 charges.
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Acting Detective Inspector Dave Barron said the operation targeted the northern end of the “ice highway” which sees drugs driven up through western Queensland.
“Queensland Police have been targeting the movement of drugs throughout western Queensland resulting in a series of arrests from St George to Karumba,” Acting Detective Inspector Barron said.
“This operation has had a significant impact on the drug trade with the seizure of over $700 000 of ice in the Mt Isa area.
“I thank the community for the information which led to these raids and remind people that we can only act when we have information.”
In one incident, officers allegedly found 283 grams of ‘ice’ hidden in a Holden ute they intercepted on the “ice highway”, roughly 20 kilometres east of Mount Isa.
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