25 drivers caught in drug operation

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

TWO police operations carried out last Friday netted nine arrests and 25 positive drug driving tests.

Between 8am and 10pm on February 27 Traffic and Highway Patrol Command police from Port Stephens and Newcastle carried out a drug operation in Williamtown.

Of the 157 random drug tests police submitted motorists to take, 25 returned positive.

Each driver that tested positive to driving while under the influence of a drug was issued a court attendance notice.

Between 8pm and 3am, 23 police officers from Port Stephens, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Central Hunter local area commands (LAC) were deployed to crime hot spots across the Port on proactive duties.

“This quad-LAC operation will run periodically throughout the year,” Port Stephens police crime manager Detective Inspector George Radmore said.

“It is utilising the proactive team resources of the four LACs, targeting anti-social behaviour, street and drug offences.”

Police were sent to the Tomaree and Tilligerry peninsulas, Medowie and Raymond Terrace to inspect licensed premises, perform bail checks and carry out random breath tests.

From the operation nine people were arrested, 34 people and eight vehicles were searched and three move-on directives were issued.

Additionally, police performed 84 random breath tests and 10 bail checks.

From this, police laid two charges of supplying a prohibited drug , one of possessing a prohibited drug, one of resisting arrest and one of carrying a knife in a public place.

SCENE: Police are at the sight.

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