Drugs located, drivers charged during road policing operation

ROMEO WISKET: Officers performing drug testing on board Police Vessel Stewart Kerlin during the operation.
ROMEO WISKET: Officers performing drug testing on board Police Vessel Stewart Kerlin during the operation.

A ROAD policing operation conducted in the past week saw amphetamine and cannabis located by police and 20 drivers test positive for drugs.

Over a five day period, Bayside police conducted Operation Romeo Wisket which targeted drug driving, illicit drug possession and traffic violations.

The operation was run on parts of the mainland and Southern Moreton Bay Islands to coincide with Operation Wake Up and the Easter road safety campaign.

Operation Wisket included officers from Capalaba Tactical Crime Squad and Capalaba Road Policing Unit concentrating on road users driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Officers conducted high visibility patrols throughout Bayside, conducting random drug and alcohol testing.

During the course of the operation, 56 roadside drug tests were conducted with 20 drivers returning positive results.

Thirty people were charged with 51 offences, primarily drug and traffic violations.

Amphetamine and cannabis were also located during the operation.

Officer in Charge of the Capalaba Tactical Crime Squad Senior Sergeant Warren Piket said although the detections were disappointing, it was a clear sign that police needed to continue their strong presence over the holiday period.

"We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday but please remember to travel safely when using our roads," Senior Sergeant Piket said.

The Easter Road Safety campaign will continue to target the Fatal Five - speeding, drink and drug driving, fatigue, seat belt use and driver distraction.

Witnesses to crime can phone Policelink on 131 444 or make an anonymous report to Crime Stoppers on on 1800 333 000.