Gladstone police seize posted packages of synthetic drugs
GLADSTONE police have uncovered a flow of synthetic cannabis making its way into the region.
Ten packages from interstate were seized by detectives over the past few weeks, which upon inspection, contained shipments of synthetic cannabis, which is also classed as a dangerous drug.
Gladstone CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said the packages were being ordered online and warned people of the risks associated with such activity.
"Any product which has similar effects to those of a dangerous drug are deemed to be dangerous drugs and case law in regards to that is very specific in regards to that," he said.
"So those people that are ordering these online, even if the online advertisement states they are legal, be very, very careful."
Det Snr Sgt Peachey said online companies were taking advantage of people who may be unaware of the laws concerning synthetic drugs.
"A number of these companies are preying on people, telling people they're legal when they're actually not, they are illegal," he said.
"These products are designed to mimic the effects of dangerous drugs and thus are considered dangerous drugs."
A document provided by Gladstone CIB stated that synthetic drug use was up 44% since 1993, with a recent surge in synthetic drugs in Gladstone.
Det Snr Sgt Peachey said people needed to understand the serious implications if found to be importing, distributing or possessing synthetic cannabis, after recent charges laid against locals for those offences.
"If they're just a simple possession then it's possession of dangerous drugs charges, however those people who are importing it and distributing it are obviously looking at more serious charges such as supply and obviously trafficking," he said.