Police have found consignments of drugs after it targeted FIFO miners coming in and out of airports.
The police action, codenamed Operation Minesweep, saw more than 2600 passengers and 2500 bags searched on flights from mine sites across Australia.
Carried out by the police’s Gold Stealing Detection Unit from 6 to 10 September at Perth; Darwin; Adelaide; and Alice Springs airports, detective seized three consignments of drugs with investigations continuing after a parcel of illegal drugs was left unattended on a flight.
Det-Sen Sgt Brad Gorman from the squad stated mining sites which enforced a zero tolerance to illegal substances had a much better result than those that employed a strike system which allowed for a number of detections before an employee is fired.
"Traditionally, Operation Minesweep indicates minimal drug behaviour among mine workers, but the latest results indicate a concerning change in culture that will bring with it any number of adverse safety and integrity issues," Gorman said.
He went on to encourage mining companies to take a strong stance against illegal substances through the industry.
“It is important for the industry and the community to reinforce the need to be vigilant and ensure reduction of this risk in the future. The latest results establish a need for the operation to be conducted more frequently."