Five arrested in operation targeting crime, welfare cheats

Queensland Police have arrested five people for drug offences in an investigation linked to welfare fraud.

The Moreton District Police have been working with the Australian Federal Police and the Department of Human Services' Taskforce Integrity in the Caboolture and Deception Bay area, on a campaign aimed at engaging with the community to addressing welfare fraud and crime in the area.

Moreton Police, with the assistance of the Department of Social Service's Taskforce Integrity, executed a number of search warrants in the Deception Bay area.

These law enforcement operations resulted in the detection and seizure of 24 cannabis plants, numerous cannabis seeds, hydroponic systems for the cultivation of cannabis, a quantity of other dangerous drugs and equipment used for the manufacture of amphetamines as well as numerous items used in the connection with drug related crimes.

Three men and two women from Deception Bay, ranging from 30 to 54 years of age, have been arrested in relation these search warrants and have been charged with a total of 36 offences which include several instances of producing dangerous drugs.

These people will appear in court for these matters over the next few weeks.

Moreton District Officer, Superintendent Michael Brady said "this is a great example of the outcomes that can be achieved through law enforcement cooperation."

Moreton police will continue to work with Taskforce Integrity as its operations continue.

All of these search warrants were executed on houses that the average person would consider a family home. This highlights that this kind of criminal behaviour could be happening in a home next to you.

Moreton police would like to thank the members of the community that provide the much needed information that make these results possible and encourage anyone to help police by reporting anything that you suspect may be criminal related activity in your street.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or at crimestoppers.com.au

Source: Caboolture News

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