BRIBIE Island police have raided properties across the district, charging four people with drug offences, following information supplied from vigilant residents.
The raids were conducted in Bellara and Ningi on Tuesday, with police seizing drugs including cannabis and amphetamine.
Two Bellara men, aged 46 and 35 have been charged, as have a 42-year-old Nambour man and a 28-year-old Ningi woman.
Bribie Island police senior sergeant David Crawford-Raby said arrests connected to drug use were increasing locally due to more residents reporting suspicious activity.
He said police patrols had also been increased to combat the drug problem, particularly where amphetamines were concerned.
"It's increasing because we're getting more and more information coming from the community," he said.
"Not only that but the officers are actually detecting and prosecuting people when they're stopping and searching vehicles, and stopping and searching people who are in possession of these drugs or drug utensils.
"There is this amphetamine issue... [it's] becoming more prevalent and certainly we're actively scaling up our response with respect to drug crime in accordance with that."
Snr sgt Crawford-Raby urged the community to keep up the good work.
"The level of support we get from the local community here really is exceptional," he said.
"The community is very mindful of the terrible impact of drugs on our community.
"Really across the whole country it's a scourge." Suspicious activity can be reported to Bribie Island police or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 anonymously.
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