Public tip off leads to cocaine seizure

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ACT Policing continues to target and disrupt the illicit production, distribution and trafficking of drugs in the ACT.

Acting on information from the public, about 2.30pm on Saturday, 13 June 2020, police stopped a Mitsubishi Triton on Downard Street, Calwell.

Police, assisted by a drug-detection dog, conducted a search of the vehicle and during the search, approximately half a kilogram of a substance believed to be cocaine was located and seized. The estimated current street value of the cocaine is $385,000, and police believe all of it was destined for distribution within the ACT.

A man is currently assisting police with their enquiries.

Detective Acting Inspector Robert Rose, of ACT Policing Criminal Investigations, said this seizure showed police and the community are working together to prevent drugs being sold to the Canberra community.

“We appreciate any information from the public that leads to an arrest, and this tip-off means hundreds of thousands of dollars of illegal drugs off Canberra’s streets,” Detective Acting Inspector Rose said. 

“This is a very good result for us and the Canberra community.

“If you’re trying to sell drugs in the ACT, no matter how careful you think you’re being, remember there’s always someone who could tell us what you’re doing.

“By seizing these drugs we are reducing drug harm. This results in stronger families and a stronger community. We are committed to disrupting the supply of drugs to our community, and reducing the damage they cause to so many lives.”

Police urge anyone who has any information regarding the manufacture or sale of illicit drugs to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously.

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