Mass arrests as cops raid caravan park for drugs

POLICE in the Lockyer Valley are cracking down on crime at a local caravan park as part of Operation Oscar Hopetoun.

Helidon police Sergeant Glen Thomas said the operation was established to deal with re-occurring crime, social and welfare issues surrounding the Helidon Spa caravan park.

Throughout October police executed five search warrants locating dangerous drugs like cannabis and amphetamine and drug utensils.

A 35-year-old female from Helidon Spa was charged with four counts of supplying a dangerous drug, permitting a place to be used for drug offences and possessing property used in a crime. She is due to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Tuesday, December 13.

A 43-year-old female from Helidon Spa was charged with six counts of supplying a dangerous drug, possessing a dangerous drug, possessing proceeds of a drug offence and possessing drug utensils. She is due to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court Tuesday, December 6.

A 20 year-old male from Helidon Spa was charged with supplying a dangerous drug and is due to appear before the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Tuesday, December 6.

Prosecutions were started against seven other individuals on 22 charges, almost all relating to drug offences.

Sgt Thomas said Operation Oscar Hopetoun was a multi-agency approach aimed at raising the conditions and standards of living within the caravan park.

"This phase focused on drug enforcement, with future operations planned to tackle social and welfare issues by bringing agencies to the tenant's door step to assist in dealing with homelessness/ re-housing, drug and alcohol dependency, education, domestic violence, relationship and family counselling," he said. 

"The operation also assists in arranging emergency and crisis payments through groups such as Lifeline."



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