Search warrants lead to location of drugs, firearm
CHILDERS police executed five search warrants on properties in Childers, South Isis, Redridge, Apple Tree Creek and Cordalba on Wednesday morning as part of an ongoing investigation into the distribution and use of unlawful dangerous drugs.
The joint operation involved police from Childers, the Wide Bay Burnett Tactical Crime Squad and the Bundaberg Dog Squad.
Childers police Officer In Charge Sergeant Geoffrey Fay said a 39-year-old Redridge man had been charged with the possession of dangerous drugs, possession of tainted property and possession of utensils in connection with the use of dangerous drugs following a search of his premises.
"Police located 328g of cannabis, 1.9g of ice, a number of pipes, a large amount of cash and a .45 calibre automatic handgun," he said.
Sgt Fay said at the time of the search the offender had the handgun secreted in a lounge where he was seated and that the safety of the officers was seriously compromised at the time.
Police suspect that the weapon was stolen or unlawfully obtained as all identifying numbers had been ground off the weapon.
"The seizure of the handgun is a great result as it is one less weapon that can be used against police and members of the community," Sgt Fay said.
The offender was issued a Notice to Appear in the Childers magistrates Court on July 17.
Sgt Fay said a 21-year-old woman from South Isis and a 48-year-old man from Cordalba had been drug diverted for possession of drugs and utensils in connection with the use of drugs.
"Police located a small amount of cannabis and utensils at both properties," he said.
Sgt Fay said the operation followed information received from Crime Stoppers and members of the public.
"This is all part of a continued investigation into the use and distribution of drugs in the Childers area," he said.
"Unfortunately, there has been a spike in drug use in recent times."
Sgt Fay urged the community to contact Crime Stoppers, Police Link or any of the local officers attached to the Childers station with any information relating to criminal activity.