Closure of Operation Olaf at Cloncurry

The closure of a protracted drug investigation, Operation Olaf, in Cloncurry has resulted in the seizure of over $55,000 worth of methylamphetamine and other drugs.

On 23 January 2023, Cloncurry police with the support of Rural and Stock Crime Squad Cloncurry, Cloncurry CIB, Mount Isa CIB, Mount Isa Dog Squad and the Mount Isa District Tactical Crime Squad, executed four search warrants targeting alleged suppliers and traffickers of dangerous drugs in the Cloncurry community marking the closure of an operation commencing March 2022.

A 36-year-old Cloncurry woman was charged with two counts of possessing dangerous drugs (Methylamphetamine and cannabis) and one count each of producing dangerous drugs (cannabis) and possessing suspected proceeds of drug offences. The matter was finalised before Cloncurry Magistrates Court on December 8, 2022.

A 28-year-old Cloncurry woman has been charged with one count of supply dangerous drug (Methylamphetamine) offence. She was remanded in custody and is expected to reappear on February 20.

A 40-year-old Cloncurry man was charged with possessing dangerous drugs (Exceed schedule – approximately 35 grams), supply dangerous drug (Methylamphetamine), three counts of possessing dangerous drugs (steroidal agents and cannabis), one count each of unlawful possession of firearms, unlawful possession of knives among other offences. He has been remanded in custody and is expected to reappear at Mount Isa Magistrates Court on March 7.

A 37-year-old Cloncurry man has been charged with two counts each of supply dangerous drugs (methylamphetamine) and possess dangerous drugs (Diazepam & Cannabis). He is expected to appear before the Cloncurry Magistrates Court on March 17.

Officer in Charge of the Cloncurry Police Station, Senior Sergeant Stephen Groenhuijzen, said the drug seizures and enforcement activities undertaken during operation OLAF have disrupted and reduced the supply and trafficking of methylamphetamine and associated harm to the community.

“More arrests are planned for the imminent future and this is made possible through the ongoing support of our community, who continue to assist us in identifying drug dealers who seek to profit from the vulnerable in our community” Senior Sergeant Groenhuijzen said.

Anyone in our community suffering from drug dependence is encouraged to seek support from Queensland Health’s Alcohol and Drug Information Service or other support services or networks.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

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