Toodyay meth dealers jailed as heavy- haulage driver nailed for drug-driving
TWO OF Toodyay’s main drug dealers have been jailed after months of good work by police in Toodyay and Midland.
The pair – a man and a woman from Bejoording who had previously lived in the Toodyay townsite and elsewhere – made several court appearances before being jailed in December and January.Read more
The two drug dealers had been selling crystal methamphetamine (ice) and cannabis locally, as well as dealing in stolen goods.
The repeat offenders had also committed several other traffic and criminal offences.
“Local dealers usually get their drugs from Perth or Northam and their activities attract people who police suspect are involved in drug use,” Sgt Conder said.
“Drug users generally go to someone’s house to buy the drugs, which is how we are able to find the dealers.
“This particular operation involved the use of search warrants on homes, and random and targeted traffic stops aimed specifically at the two drug dealers.”
Sgt Conder said stolen goods including a stolen motor vehicle were recovered.
“We urge local people to help by reporting any suspicious activity, such as vehicles frequently visiting houses or properties for short periods of time, then leaving a few minutes later,” Sgt Conder said.
“This can help us identify drug dealers and stop these criminals from selling drugs in our community, including to children and teenagers.”
Heavy-haulage drug bust
The traffic stop was part of a random 10.30pm police check on Great Eastern Highway near the town bakery.
“The truck driver was fidgety, slurring his words and his eyes were dilated,” Sgt Conder said.Read more
“We also found drugs in the front console of his prime mover – usually they are in the sleeping quarters at the back of the cab.”
Sgt Conder said the driver – an independent contractor – was charged with driving under the influence of drugs.
“Trucks are a huge target for us,” Sgt Conder said.
“We also check for fatigue management by checking their logbooks and report any breaches to WorkSafe WA.
“Generally we do two types of trucks – heavy haulage and livestock carters, including farmers.
With livestock, we inspect consignment notes to check for stolen animals.
POLICE stopped a total of 1012 vehicles over the Christmas/New Year holiday break, resulting in 38 traffic charges.
Eleven drivers were affected by drugs, 18 had no authority to drive and five were drunk drivers.Read more
“We got a high result for drug driving,” Sgt Conder said.
“Some were transients and some were in large trucks.
“Motorists were stopped on back roads as well as in town – don’t think you’re safe if you’re driving on a dirt road.
“It’s disappointing that some people in our community think it’s OK to drive unlawfully or while drugged or drunk.
“They put everyone – including our families and children – at risk.
“That’s why I ask local community members to be vigilant, and report to police anyone they know who continues to commit these offences so we can reduce the risk and harm to our community.”
TOODYAY police are receiving a lot of notifications – mostly relating to local farmers – for failure to renew firearms licences.
Firearms licence records are held in Perth and when an expiring licence is not renewed, local police are asked to investigate.Read more
Gun owners with expired licences are served with a $421 infringement notice and may also face prosecution, plus the cost of renewing their firearms licence.
“We get up to a dozen notifications from Perth a month,” Sgt Conder said.
“Offenders run the risk of losing their licences for all of their guns.
“Seized guns – including scopes – are put inside a big machine and crushed so that they can never be used again.”
Two servo break-ins
They used a pole to smash a glass front door between 1am and 3am on Monday January 8 and Tuesday January 9.Read more
It is the fourth time the service station has been burgled in 12 months but new CCTV cameras have given police a clearer lead on catching the offenders.
Cigarettes, food and soft drinks were stolen in the latest incidents.
Police are urging anyone who saw anything at the time of the break-ins to contact them.
A heavy truck and trailer rolled over on Salt Valley Road near Fernie Road in Hoddys Well last month.
The empty BGC truck from a nearby quarry dug deep gouges into the road surface (below) as it rolled but the driver was unhurt.
The vehicle was quickly salvaged and towed away.