Mine drug raid comes up empty handed

The latest, and fourth, phase of Pilbara drug investigation Operation Redwater has hit four mines over four days, and found no drugs.

The longest of the searches to date covered four sites run by Chevron, Fortescue, and BHP over four days, according to The West.

During the searches police found no drugs or drug paraphernalia.

In the previous rollout of Operation Redwater, late last year, 1200 workers were searched across BHP’s Mount Whaleback mine and the Roy Hill mine, resulting in a single seizure of marijuana from Roy Hill.

WA acting police deputy commissioner Murray Smalpage called the results pleasing, stating, “Operations such as this are about deterrence as much as they are about enforcement.”

“It sends a clear message from WA Police and the industry that checks will be made, and it is pleasing to see that no illicit drugs were located on any of the sites.”

He went on to thank BHP and FMG, adding that “the inclusion of Chevron in the latest operation means we have had five of the biggest players in the industry join with us”.

“This is a significant partnership and one we hope to see grow in the future.”


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