Five charged after police blitz on QLD racing industry
A BLITZ on the Far North Queensland racing industry has uncovered thousands of dollars of stolen items and resulted in five people being charged with a total of 33 drug and property offences.
Over the past week, teams from the Queensland Racing Crime Squad and the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Integrity Investigation Team worked together on the investigation, which covered the Cairns and Innisfail areas and included an increased police presence at the Cairns Amateurs over the weekend.
On September 5, searches in the Innisfail area resulted in 17 drug charges against a 32-year-old former Innisfail track rider, including 16 offences of supplying methylamphetamine.
On the same day, QRCS charged a 38-year-old former jockey, also from Innisfail, with nine drug offences including supply methamphetamine.
Both men were bailed to appear in the Innisfail Magistrates Court on October 8.
A 37-year-old Innisfail man, un-related to the racing industry, was also charged with two drug offences and issued a notice to appear at Innisfail Court on the same day.
On September 6, the QRCS operation moved to Cairns and in conjunction with the Cairns Property Crime Squad, conducted search warrants in the Woree area resulting in several property offence charges against two racing industry participants.
Property worth thousands of dollars allegedly stolen during a burglary at the Cairns Jockey Club on August 31 was recovered and a 33-year-old man was remanded in custody to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on September 24 and a 35-year-old man was issued a notice to appear on the same day.
On September 9, two racing participants; a 30-year-old woman and a 33-year old man were detected in possession of illicit drugs (cannabis) and diverted from the court process to attend health counselling after a search warrant was executed at a Woree property.
Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said as part of the Far North Queensland operation there was also an increased presence at the Cairns Amateurs event on Saturday but there were no breaches of the Rules of Racing or criminal activities detected.
"If you have any information about wrong doing in the racing industry including the mistreatment of racing animals I urge you to report it through the Report Something portal on the QRIC website," he said.
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