Police seize $60,000 in raids across Ipswich

SEIZED: Ipswich police found money and drugs during raids in the Ipswich region on Friday and Saturday.
SEIZED: Ipswich police found money and drugs during raids in the Ipswich region on Friday and Saturday. Sarah Harvey

POLICE seized more than $60,000 in suspected drug money following a spate of weekend drug raids across Ipswich.

Officers used search warrants on properties in Riverview, Booval and Lowood during a 24-hour period on Friday and Saturday.

As well as the cash, police found drugs and drug paraphernalia, including an extensive hydroponic set-up at a Lowood house.

A total of $35,000 was found at a property in Raceview, and the search at Booval netted $28,100 in cash.

Inspector Dave Preston, of Ipswich police, said three men had been arrested.

He said the money would go into a QPS trust account.

If forfeited through the court process, the money would then be transferred to state revenue.

Insp Preston said many drug busts were the result of information received from the public.

"We get a lot of our information to identify who our targets are, from the community through initiatives like Crime Stoppers," he said.

"I think a lot of residents have had enough of these kinds of offenders and their impact on the community.

"It can take a fair bit of work to build up a case but a single report of suspicious activity can lead to good arrests like this."

Insp Preston said drug busts were a regular occurrence in Ipswich.

But the drug problem was not any worse than the rest of the state.

He said people could contact Crime Stoppers with information via 1800 333 000 or on crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours a day. Information can be given anonymously.



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