Police have arrested and reported almost two dozen people following an operation targeting the illegal sale and distribution of illicit substances in Murray Bridge.
The operation, which was conducted over several months and managed by the Serious and Organised Crime Branch, included drug investigations, traffic operations, mounted patrols and liquor licensing and tattoo industry compliance.
Over 100 SAPOL members were involved in the operation including detectives from the Serious and Organised Crime Detectives, Traffic Services Branch members, STAR Group including Dog and Mounted Operation Unit, members of the Licensing Enforcement Branch, State Tactical Response Group, Digital Evidence Section and Murray Mallee police. Included in the operation was a collaborative operation between Department for Correctional Services and the SAPOL Police Corrections Team targeting individuals bringing contraband substances into Mobilong Prison.
Between February and May, 16 people were arrested for a range of offences including several for trafficking in a controlled drug. Seven people were also reported for a variety of offences. Traffic police conducted almost 550 breath tests and almost 250 drug tests on drivers (cars and trucks) with 18 returning a positive test to illicit drugs. Detectives seized methamphetamine, cannabis and $112,000 believed to be the proceeds of drug trafficking.
“The Serious and Organised Crime Branch operation was targeted at the prevention of drug offending, reducing the fear of associated crime within the community and reducing dangerous and high risk driving behaviours associated with drug driving. We thank those members of the Murray Bridge community that supported us during the operation”, Detective Chief Inspector Denise Gray, Investigations Manager, Serious and Organised Crime Branch, said.
Anyone with information about illicit drugs is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au. You can remain anonymous.