Detective Sergeant Glenn Powell with plants found during a recent drug raid in the Rockhampton region.
Detective Sergeant Glenn Powell with plants found during a recent drug raid in the Rockhampton region. File Image

Dealers lace cannabis in Rocky

ROCKHAMPTON’S cops are doing such a good job of getting drugs off the street that the quantity and quality of marijuana has dropped and dealers have turned to lacing weed with other substances, a user claims.

While police and health authorities yesterday said they weren’t aware of these allegations and hadn’t seen any evidence of this in recent times, the man, 32, who contacted The Morning Bulletin yesterday, said he was concerned pot smokers with pre-existing health conditions were unknowingly putting themselves at risk.

He said he was a regular user who became a victim last week when he had to be rushed to hospital suffering what he thought was a heart attack.

He said his drug was laced with a methamphetamine.

“It was about 10 minutes after and I knew something was wrong,” said the man, who would not reveal his name.

“I felt weird, my heart was pumping out of my chest, literally it was thudding like a freight train.”

He said he was discharged after several hours at hospital.

The man believes laced marijuana is going around Rockhampton.

“There’s not a lot of pot about at the moment,” the man said.

He said supply was limited because of Schoolies and a recent police crackdown, which has seen several major busts in recent months.

“It’s made it much harder to get some,” the man said.

“I know people who are going out now and using other hard drugs.”

A police spokesman said he wasn’t aware of an increase in laced drugs.

He wasn’t making any apologies for helping get drugs off the streets.

“We continuously police the drug trade,” the spokesman said.

He said anyone who used drugs was taking a risk.

“It’s all bad and they’re playing Russian roulette with their lives,” he said.

A health spokesman said there was no evidence locally to back up the user’s concern.

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Are dealers weaning drug users onto more readily available drugs? Does the good work of police have its disadvantages in this instance? Is it something completely different? Tell us what you think, leave your comments below...



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