Drugs and arms seized

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Sarah IsonBusselton Dunsborough Times

Police cracked down on the South West’s major drug transit route earlier this week, making arrests for methamphetamine and weapon possession.

The so-called “meth bus” was stationed on the corner of Bussell Highway and Ludlow-Hithergreen Road, accompanied by narcotic detection dogs and the recently unveiled mobile X-ray truck.

The operation was jointly run by local and Perth-based officers, along with the South West Traffic Authority, who together stopped 344 cars on Tuesday morning alone.

While only drug paraphernalia was found, the next day police made two arrests for drug and weapon possession.

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Two sizeable “rocks” of meth estimated to weigh several grams each were found by police about 11am, and a taser disguised as a mobile phone was discovered shortly after.

The roadside operation was part of new drug-control laws introduced last year, giving police the power to help disrupt the supply of meth and other drugs as part of the State Government’s Meth Strategy.

Busselton police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Jason Van der Ende said the purpose was to prevent the spread of drugs through the region.

“This isn’t just for Busselton, this is for the whole of the South West, protecting the gateways that lead down to Dunsborough, Margaret River and further on,” he said.

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