15 caught in drug operation

NSW police testing motorists on the Mildura bridge approach on Sunday. Picture: Tony BrientTHIRTEEN alleged drug drivers and two drink drivers were caught during a weekend drug operation by Dareton police.
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Inspector Stuart Gordon said the operation, conducted across the Wentworth district, also resulted in nine charges for drug possession and 29 fines for traffic infringements.

Highway patrol officers conducted 266 random breath tests and 78 random drug tests, resulting in immediate suspension of the licences of the 13 alleged drug drivers for 24 hours.

Insp Gordon said methamphetamines, of which the drug ice is a form, and cannabis continued to be the most commonly detected drugs during police operations.

“The operation was very positive in terms of taking dangerous drivers off the roads,” he said.

“While a one-in-six positive test rate is high, the results have a lot to do with the ability of police in the area to identify likely drivers to test.”

The weekend operation incorporated multiple testing sites using the police drug bus and mobile unit patrols.

Tests for drug driving are different to tests for drink driving, with roadside test results requiring further analysis from police before charges are laid. Insp Gordon said a number of drivers were surprised to be pulled over for random testing when the bus was not being used, and reminded all drivers they could be pulled over at any time while on the roads.

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