37 people arrested, 120 charges
THE numbers speak for themselves; 37 people arrested on more than 120 drug related charges (including six of drug trafficking) has taken $100,000 worth of drugs off local streets with $68,000 cash seized - allegedly the proceeds of drug trafficking.
The six-month 'Operation Papa Boolean' targeting drug networks in the region was a major success for Whitsunday detectives after its closure last week.
The majority of arrests happened over Tuesday and Wednesday of last week with 22 Whitsunday police staff involved and a substantial quantity of drugs including cannabis, MDMA, LSD and cocaine seized.
Detective sergeant Chris Caswell said, among those arrested, some had the attention of police for a while.
"Advice from the public with these matters is always crucial and we would like to thank the community for their on-going assistance," he said.
"This operation will put a significant dent in the drug trade in our community and we will continue to target these high level networks to make our community safer."
Recently relocating from Bowen CIB, this was Det Sgt Caswell first operation as officer in charge of Whitsunday CIB.
"For a smaller area the results are outstanding and a large amount of work from Whitsunday detectives have brought this all together," he said.
"We hope that it makes sourcing drugs more difficult and has an effect on persons considering drug offences that they will be targeted and put before the courts."
Some of the more significant arrests include a 25-year-old Palm Grove man was charged with one count each of trafficking in dangerous drugs, and possessing dangerous drugs and nine counts of supplying dangerous drugs and is due to appear in the Proserpine Magistrates Court on January 8.
A 27-year-old Mount Julian man was also charged with one count of trafficking in dangerous drugs and ten counts of supplying dangerous drugs and is also due to appear in court on January 8.
A 28-year-old woman and 27-year-old man from Cannonvale were both charged with trafficking in dangerous drugs, three counts each of supplying dangerous drugs and possessing dangerous drugs, to appear in Proserpine court on January 29.