Crime Wrap

Senior Constable Tony Cliff, Christian, Shane and Sergeant Rob Smith

Officers locate drugs and weapons in search, Cassowary Coast

Police want to encourage residence to continue to report dealers with a number of successful search warrants being executed last week.

Detectives from Tully Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) executed a search warrant at a Jones Road, Maria Creek address around 3pm on Wednesday, September 8 in response to information received through Crime Stoppers.

It will be alleged detectives located a sophisticated hydroponic cannabis set up in a shipping container at the property.

The shipping container contained internal irrigation, lighting and ventilation.

Detectives seized 23 cannabis plants and a large quantity of hydroponic equipment.

Also located on the property were seven firearms, a silencer and a crossbow.

A 72-year-old Maria Creek man has been charged with possessing dangerous drugs, producing dangerous drugs, possessing anything used in connection with the production of dangerous drugs, possession of category R weapon, possession of category M weapon

A 47-year-old Wongaling Beach man has been charged with one count each of supplying dangerous drugs, producing dangerous drugs and possessing anything used in connection with the production of dangerous drugs.

Both men are scheduled to appear in the Tully Magistrates Court on September 30.

Tully CIB are continuing their efforts to disrupt the production and supply of dangerous drugs in Tully and Mission Beach.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact crime stoppers.

You and can do so by either contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 00 any time of the day or via their website crimestoppers.com.au and complete the online form to report information relating to those bringing harmful drugs into the local community.


Community policing around Mission Beach in August

On Monday August 23 Police Liaison Officers Stacey Kneubuhler and Michael Sands along with Senior Constable Jane Moran attended the C4 meeting room at Mission Beach to talk to the Mission Beach Community Support Group on all things home security, scams and personal safety in the senior community. Whilst we were there we meet Meryl Harding who is a volunteer at the hub and is a member of the Cassowary Coast Yarners group.

The not-for-profit group knit trauma bears for officers to give to children involved in domestic violence incidents.

Mission Beach Police Officers Sergeant Rob Smith and Senior Constable Tony Cliff took the opportunity on Wednesday August 25 to meet with Shane and Christian from the Tully Support Centre to further discuss domestic violence support referral services for the Mission Beach Division.

“It was great receiving further information on the services provided by Tully Support Centre and how we can encourage victims of domestic violence to engage and access those services,” said Sergeant Smith.

“We all share a passion to preventing domestic violence while providing support to victims.”

Police can connect people experiencing domestic violence with specialist support and services. You can ask officers to make a referral to an appropriate support agency for you.

The Tully Support centre is located at Shop 5, 1996 Tully Mission Beach Road, Wongaling Beach. Inside the the Cassowary Shopping Village.

Support staff attend on Wednesday mornings from 9am until 12pm.

Tully Support Centre has staff providing services five days a week in Innisfail, three days a week in Mission Beach, one day a week in Cardwell and four days a week in Tully.

This is in addition to their weekly office-based adult and child domestic and family violence counselling services and regular home-based services delivered in Mission Beach.

To register your interest or for more information about groups and other services you can call the staff on 4068 1004, or check out the Tully Support Centre online at www.tullysupportcentre.com.au.

If a domestic violence incident is happening now, if anyone is seriously injured or in immediate danger, or if anyone’s life is being threatened, contact the police immediately on Triple Zero (000).

For all other domestic violence related matters, phone Policelink on 131 444, 24 hours, seven days a week.

Alternatively, you can make contact with a police officer or police station by submitting the following form: Contacting Police


What is domestic violence?

Domestic or family violence occurs when one person in a relationship uses violent or abusive behaviour to control another.

This can include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Damage to property
  • Sexual abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Harassment or intimidation
  • Financial abuse
  • Threats

Under Queensland law, domestic violence is recognised in several different types of relationships:

  • Spousal – this includes defacto partners, biological parents of a child, or same-sex couples
  • Intimate personal – two people in an established relationship, which does not have to be sexual
  • Family – related by blood or marriage, or culturally related
  • Informal care – an unpaid carer who assists with day-to-day living

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