Operation Lasso at Sunshine Coast

Police continue to send a strong message to drug and drink drivers travelling to the Sunshine Coast, with Operation Lasso overnight resulting in multiple arrests.

The Sunshine Coast District Tactical Crime Squad and Nambour Road Policing Unit conducted the operation on the Bruce Highway at Glass House Mountains, focusing on traffic offences as well as potential thieves looking to target local residents.

A 56-year-old man from Gympie was allegedly found in possession of 0.5kg of cannabis and is due to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on September 25.

A total of 956 vehicles were intercepted for the purpose of a Roadside Breath Test and a further 18 Roadside Drug Tests performed.

As a result police made 13 arrests including six people for various drug offences, five people for drug driving, one person for drink driving and another seven people issued with Traffic Infringement Notices for licence and registration offences.

Another strategy of the campaign has been to identify people travelling to the Coast to steal cars and commit property offences. A number of alleged thieves have been identified as part of the Operation carrying significant quantities of drugs in hire cars as well as motorists affected by drugs and alcohol.

The Operation is expected to continue over coming months.