Sting nabs 12 over drug, road offences

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
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A police sting involving government agencies in Port Hedland has led to 12 people being charged for offences, from having unroadworthy vehicles and driving under the influence of alcohol to possession of drugs.

The simultaneous operation, codenamed Typeface, ran from August 9-11, and targeted people bringing illicit drugs into the town.

Police using sniffer dogs teamed up with Border Force at Port Hedland International Airport and a checkpoint involving traffic officers and the Department of Transport was set up on the Great Northern Highway near South Hedland.

More than 140 vehicles were checked. along with passengers and luggage from four flights landing in Port Hedland.

Eight people were charged with drug-related offences — six of those for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs — and four with traffic offences.

Acting Sgt Simon Hibble, who ran the operations, said it had been a highly successful three days.

“The community is sick and tired of methamphetamine, and our commissioner has clearly stated that we are going to have a targeted approach against organised crime in relation to methamphetamine,” he said.

Sgt Hibble said intelligence gained from the operations would be used for further investigations.

“We’ll build on the intelligence to form further strategies in relation to targeting known drug dealers,” he said

“We have a no-tolerance approach to methamphetamine or other illicit drugs coming into town.”

Sgt Hibble said the aim of the roadside checkpoint was to find vehicles that were not roadworthy and people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

“If people are using drugs or their vehicles aren’t roadworthy then it’s putting everyone else at risk,” he said.

Acting Sen. Sgt David Rudd said a drug detector dog was being used more frequently at the airport in Port Hedland.

“People who travel in and out of Port Hedland don’t know what flight they may get checked on, and it keeps everyone on their toes,” he said.

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