Truckload of drugs in haul

POLICE believe they may have discovered a key link in an interstate drug syndicate with the arrest of a truck driver in possession of more than $100,000 of illicit drugs on Wednesday.

Darryl James Livermore, 41, of Jimboomba in south-east Queensland, was intercepted for a random drug test at Iveragh where he tested positive to being under the influence of drugs.

Upon investigation, police found 130g of amphetamines and 85g of cocaine aboard the truck.

Livermore applied for bail yesterday at Gladstone Magistrates Court, and remained silent and steadfast as the court heard evidence of his arrest.

The court heard the “sheer weight” of the drugs made it clear he was transporting them for someone else.

An interstate truck driver with nearly 20 years in the transport industry, Livermore has been suspended from driving pending the results of a swab analysis.

He has also been removed from his position as a driver with the company.

Livermore admitted to police he had a longstanding problem with drugs and defence lawyer Danny Yarrow told the court his client had “infrequently used drugs for the purpose of long haul driving.”

Arresting officer Detective Senior Constable Wayne Butcher said Livermore had provided “no information” as to where or to whom he was transporting the drugs.

Det Snr Const Butcher said it was a “big amount” and investigations were ongoing as to whether more drivers were involved.

“It’s a possible key link to an interstate drug syndicate,” he said.

Livermore was intercepted at 3.10pm heading southbound to New South Wales. Livermore was remanded in custody overnight and his application for bail continues this morning.



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