Police charge man with trafficking in a controlled substance after seizure of poppy capsules

About 4.40pm on Friday, 13 December 2019 members of Tasmania Police Southern Drug Investigation Services attended an address in Rosetta where 2,286 opium poppy capsules and residue were located.

An investigation commenced and a 36 year old Adelaide man was arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance under section 12 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 2001.

The man appeared before an after-hours court on Saturday 14 December 2019 and was remanded to appear before the Hobart Magistrates Court on Monday 16 December 2019.

“Opium poppy crops can be seen growing in Tasmania, however many people may not realise the risks associated with its use for illicit purposes,’ said Detective Inspector Kate Chambers.

“As part of the investigation we are working with other agencies to establish where the poppies were stolen from.”

“It’s likely they were taken from Southern Tasmania. Poppy growers are urged to be vigilant in checking their crops.”

Police are continuing to investigate the matter and anyone with information is asked to contact Tasmania Police on 131 444 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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