Nine arrested after drug raids

NINE arrests have been made and more are likely to follow after police raided four separate homes in Hervey Bay as part of a special operation targeting the users and producers of illegal drugs.

At least four of those arrested are believed to have been charged with trafficking dangerous drugs and related offences.

On Thursday evening officers from Hervey Bay's Criminal Investigation Branch and the State Crime operations units raided the homes as part of special operation Ice Bobcat.

During the raids police found amphetamines, marijuana and equipment believed to be used in the production of amphetamines.

One of the homes raided was on the Esplanade in Pialba.

As a result of that raid three people were arrested.

A 28-year-old woman was charged with possessing dangerous drugs and possessing utensils.

A 33-year-old man was charged with possessing dangerous drugs and a 41-year-old woman was charged with two counts of possessing dangerous drugs, possessing a utensil and failing to properly dispose of a syringe.

All are due to appear in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on November 18.

The arrests came just weeks after police busted two methamphetamine labs during separate raids around the region.

On October 21 a search was carried out at a property in O'Regan Creek Road about 1pm.

Toogoom father Scott William Hayes was arrested at the scene.

He fronted the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court the following day faced with five charges including producing and supplying dangerous drugs.

Four days later a 38-year-old man was arrested following raids on a home in Honiton Street, Torquay, about 8.30pm.

Inside the home police allegedly found equipment commonly used in the production of amphetamines and several firearms.

More firearms were allegedly found during a search of a boat at the Hervey Bay Marina which is believed to be linked to the accused man.

The man was charged with possessing dangerous drugs.

He was released on bail and will appear in court next month.



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