A SIGNIFICANT amount of dangerous drugs that could have ended up on the streets this festive season has been seized by police.
A Kilkivan man, 54, has been charged with a range of drug offences and for possessing two illegal firearms.
He was found in a vehicle in the main street of Kilkivan about 2.30pm on Tuesday and taken to hospital by ambulance as he appeared to be under the influence of liquor or drugs. Police from the Gympie Traffic Branch ordered a specimen of blood to be taken by a doctor.
As a result of information he allegedly provided to police, a warrant was executed on a Kilkivan property by officers from all departments of the Gympie police district.
It was alleged that during the raid a substantial amount of marijuana was discovered growing on the acreage. A total of 43 plants ranging from 10cm to 3m high were seized as well as about 150 grams of white powder, believed to be amphetamines, from inside the home. Utensils believed to have been used to administer a dangerous drug and two rifles were also seized.
The 54-year-old man was charged for producing dangerous drugs, possessing a dangerous drug and for failing to dispose of syringe, as well as for possessing utensils used to administer a dangerous drug and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Officer-in-charge of Gympie police Senior Sergeant Graeme Reeves commended officers for their effort in locating the drugs.
"It was an extremely good effort by responding police who worked in conjunction with the Criminal Investigation Branch to locate a substantial amount of cannabis that had the possibility of ending up on the streets," he said.