Tweed/Byron LAC Superintendent Wayne Starling, Australian Federal Police Gold Coast Airport Superintendent and Queensland Inspector Greg Baade at the AFP headquarters at Gold Coast Airport on Tuesday.
Tweed/Byron LAC Superintendent Wayne Starling, Australian Federal Police Gold Coast Airport Superintendent and Queensland Inspector Greg Baade at the AFP headquarters at Gold Coast Airport on Tuesday. Liana Turner

Man on the run for 15 years caught in cupboard

A NSW man who had been on the run for 15 years was among those hunted down in a cross-border police operation today.

The man, 43, was found hiding in a cupboard in Robina.

Tweed/Byron LAC Superintendent Wayne Starling said Operation Unison saw NSW, Queensland and Australian Federal Police band together to target high-risk offenders.

Supt Starling said police had executed 39 warrants and arrested 10 people since 5am this morning.

"As a team, utilising resources from all police forces, we have apprehended a number of persons and put them before the courts," Supt Starling said.

Supt Starling said the operation was aimed at sending a message to criminals who had fled across the border in the hope of trying to avoid their penalty.

 

A Queensland police officer breath tests a motorist during a cross-border police operation on Tuesday.
A Queensland police officer breath tests a motorist during a cross-border police operation on Tuesday. Liana Turner

"Many learnt today that's not the case," he said.

"The important thing about this is it doesn't matter what side of the border these people are on, police will locate them and place them before the courts."

Supt Starling said the agencies working together was nothing new.

"Queensland Police, AFP and NSW Police work together very closely," he said.

"For every one operation such as this which is overt, we do numerous operations which are covert... in order to make our community a safer place."

Gold Coast region Inspector Greg Baade said high-risk, dangerous offenders were the main focus of the operation.

 

Queensland police officers prepare to breath test motorists during a cross-border police operation on Tuesday.
Queensland police officers prepare to breath test motorists during a cross-border police operation on Tuesday. Liana Turner

"We located an offender at Robina that was wanted on 29 warrants from NSW that date back to 15 years ago," Insp Baade said.

"He was located in a cupboard... and he was arrested and will be extradited back to NSW."

He said a roadside operation saw officers breath-test and conduct other security checks on motorists and vehicles.

The AFP's Gold Coast Air Command Superintendent Chris Cooper said the federal police had an active role in Operation Unison.

"We want to develop our relationships with the states, particularly here at the airport we rely very heavily on NSW and Queensland police to support an incident that may occur at the airport," he said.

"It's very important for us to practice that."



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