Australind police winning war on crime

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Mitchell WoodcockHarvey-Waroona Reporter

Australind police are winning the war on drugs in the area, according to officer-in-charge Sen. Sgt. Mark Smith.

Sen. Sgt. Smith said his staff had laid 317 drug charges in the first half of the financial year, as they continue to combat crime within the Australind area.

“This does not include all the related charges, such as stolen property,” he said.

During a one month period, police also seized $100,000 in cash related to drugs.

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Last week alone police executed three drug-related search warrants, where they seized cannabis, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia as well as stolen items such as a car, jewellery and a number of registration plates.

Sen. Sgt. Smith said officers were shocked to find a children’s toy turned into a smoking implement.

“A Mr Potato Head toy was found to be turned into a bong,” he said.

Police are still speaking to a number of suspects in relation to the seized items.

Sen. Sgt. Smith thanked the public for its assistance with the operation.

“The information we received from the public greatly assisted us in executing the search warrants,” he said.

Sen. Sgt. Smith said his team would continue to work towards lowering the amount of drugs in the community.

“This (the war on drugs) is ongoing and is our number one priority,” he said.

“Drugs are the driver behind family dysfunction and criminality.

“But we are delivering results in relation to improving crime within the community.”

Sen. Sgt. Smith said he was working on a number of plans to minimise crime in and around Australind.

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