Raid on teen uncovers drugs and weapons

Police seized drugs, utensils and weapons from a house in Westcourt.
Police seized drugs, utensils and weapons from a house in Westcourt. Supplied

A CAIRNS teen accused of peddling drugs through the Cassowary Coast will appear in court next month.

The 18-year-old man has been charged with trafficking cannabis and supplying methylamphetamines in the region for about the past six months.

He was arrested by Cairns and Innisfail detectives on Friday and has been charged with 15 offences.

Officers raided his Westcourt residence and allegedly located drugs, money and weapons, including a gun which had been reported stolen from a Cairns residence in January. Police have alleged the cash, which totalled more than $28,000 was the proceeds of crime.

Innisfail police Det Sen-Constable Chad Tracey-Patte said a public tip-off had led to the arrest.

He said it was alleged the man had been trafficking cannabis to several people on both the Cassowary Coast and elsewhere.

"It is the result of ongoing efforts to disrupt organised crime and the illicit distribution of drugs within our community," he said.

"Public information is vital to us and we ask anyone who has knowledge of drug-related behaviour in the community to come forward or report it anonymously through Crime Stoppers."

About 2kg of hydroponic cannabis was among the drugs seized, along with a quantity of methylamphetamines.

The street value of the drugs seized is understood to be more than $66,000.

It is alleged the man was also in possession of a knuckle duster, nunchaku and ammunition.

He is due to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court for the first time on June 22.

Topics:  drugs qps teenager weapons

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