Mining drug raids continue in WA

FMG’s Cloudbreak mine has been the target of a police drug raid as the industry-wide crackdown continues.

FIFO workers were searched as they disembarked from planes landing at the site just a day after FMG’s Christmas Creek operation was searched.

"This is part of a community and industry-wide crackdown, to reduce the incidents of illicit drugs/substance possession," WA Police said.

"This is a community issue and the community can expect to see more of these police actions in the near future."

So far the searches have resulted in one summons for possessing prescription drugs without a prescription.

Another worker is set to undergo further testing after returning a positive result for THC, a compound found in cannabis.

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union secretary Steve McCartney said the searches over-the-top as workers are already subject to drug and alcohol testing.

"To bully and harass people at the airport is over the top," McCartney said.

"It is like they're treating everyone as guilty until proved innocent."

FMG chief Nev Power has said the company is taking a stand against drugs.

 “As part of Fortescue’s zero tolerance policy on the use and possession of illegal drugs, our company is leading an industry-wide anti-drug operation in conjunction with the West Australian police,” Power said.

 “Fortescue is taking the lead in the fight against drugs because we care about the safety of our people and because drugs are hurting the communities in which we all live.”

It is believed similar drug searches will be conducted at other mine sites across WA.

State regional commander Murray Smalpage said officers had the power to search workers’ dongas.

Some say the drug raids are largely pointless as most drug use occurs when workers are off site on their time off.

Image: WA Police

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