Nine arrested in Emerald drug raids



MORE than $4000 worth of amphetamines and ecstasy pills valued at $2000 were found in an Emerald home during a series of drug raids yesterday.

A 28-year-old man was charged with dealing and drug and utensil possession after more than 400 ecstasy tablets, 30 grams of amphetamines, 250g of cannabis and utensils were found in his Emerald home.

"Ecstasy has a street value of about $50 a tablet and amphetamines, $4000 an ounce,'' Emerald Police Acting Detective Sergeant Brian Nugent said.

Eight other people were arrested for drug and utensil possession during the raids throughout yesterday morning.

Most were found with small amounts of cannabis and utensils.

In a co-ordinated attack, police from Emerald, Rockhampton and the Customs division raided seven houses.

The raid came after a month of investigation work and numerous tip-offs, Acting Detective Sergeant Nugent said.

"The raids ran smoothly. "All of the accused were released on bail and will appear in court on February 28.



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