Grey nomad cannabis smuggling scandal widens

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Grey nomad drug smuggling scandal widens
The caravan's alleged hidden compartment and, inset, the confiscated cannabis. PIC: SA Police

The scandal surrounding the arrest of two grey nomads in South Australia for drug trafficking earlier this year is widening.

Back in October, police arrested a couple, aged in their 60s on the Mallee Highway after they were allegedly travelling with 16 bags of cannabis, weighing a total of 7.25kg, hidden in a secret compartment in their caravan’s undercarriage.

Since those arrests, police investigations have continued and raids have just been carried out at premises at Woodcroft and Aldinga Beach in South Australia, and Urraween in Queensland.

Adelaide Now reports that a 64-year-old Woodcroft man has since been arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking in a commercial quantity of a controlled drug and participating in a criminal group. He was refused police bail and will appear in the Christies Beach Magistrates Court next month.

Equipment used to produce cannabis was also located and seized.

Police say they will continue to investigate this syndicate and anticipates more arrests in both South Australia and Queensland. Investigators will also seize assets resulting from the proceeds of crime, with a view to having them confiscated.

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3 Responses to Grey nomad cannabis smuggling scandal widens

  1. how much would it cost to have sniffer dogs at the borders? ability to sniff out drugs and those dangerous fruit and veg.
    a lot cheaper than humans and less corruptible.

  2. I worked at the almond factory in Robinvale some years back. My co-worker, a young fellow, was asked what he did during the ‘off season’, “I do a bit of trading” was his reply. What sort of trading?? Well he told of buying quantities of the grass in S.A. and selling it for a good profit to travellers heading to Qld. I’m a Qlder looking for extra cash was my reply. He was quite willing to source me a kilo for $2500, and I could double my investment on the GoldCoast. Needless to say that I did not proceed with the arrangement. Perhaps this guy has found other clients.

  3. the answer is simple really just legalise the stuff. The government will get the tax on the sales. We have legalised all sorts of drugs like grog and tobacco so what’s the difference? The cops can then be put to other tasks

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