Police kept busy with drugs, home invasion

Drugs were seized by police at a property at Pratten yesterday morning.
Drugs were seized by police at a property at Pratten yesterday morning.

A SOUTHERN Downs man has been bashed and robbed in a violent home invasion near Stanthorpe.

Stanthorpe Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Mark Ireland said three men entered an isolated rural home on Marinis Rd at Mt Tully between 5.30am and 6am on Thursday.

Snr Sgt Ireland said the resident was bashed and threatened.

"As a consequence he handed over keys he had to a small safe he had in the dwelling," Snr Sgt Ireland said.

Property was stolen from the safe. "It is unconfirmed exactly what has been stolen.," Snr Sgt Ireland said.

The resident's partner was also in the home at the time.

She was uninjured.

The men fled before the resident and his partner drove to Stanthorpe Hospital.

Police were then notified by hospital staff.

Snr Sgt Ireland said the man suffered serious facial injuries.

The man has since been taken to a Brisbane hospital for tests and treatment.

Snr Sgt Ireland did not have a description of a getaway car.

"It would appear they have walked in from the road and walked back to the road."

In other crime news

A 46-year-old man has been issued with a notice to appear in the Warwick Magistrates Court, after police located a stash of drugs while executing a search warrant at Pratten yesterday morning.

Police say they found five large marijuana plants over 2.2m in height were seized, as well as one pound of dried marijuana.

In a separate incident at Pratten, a .22 rifle, ammunition, a smoking utensil and explosive fuse wire were all located after a search warrant was executed.

A 49-year-old man was drug diverted in relation to the drug charges.

A third search warrant was also executed yesterday morning in Warwick, where police say they found $4700 of cash, believed to be drug-related proceeds.

The Toowoomba Tactical Crime Squad and State Drug Investigation Squad assisted with the searches.

Those with any information are urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  crime drugs police stanthorpe

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