Teenage drug users targeted during skate park searches

Two youths were charged during a search at Launceston's skate park. Picture: supplied
Two youths were charged during a search at Launceston's skate park. Picture: supplied

Teenagers using drugs are being targeted by police.

Two youths were charged with using and possessing cannabis during a recent search at the Launceston skate park.

The search came after complaints from the public.

Tasmania Police drug dog Fang. Picture: Paul Scambler

Tasmania Police drug dog Fang. Picture: Paul Scambler

The operation involved 11 officers from Launceston’s Uniform Division and Northern Drug Investigation Services as well as drug detector dog Fang.

Launceston Inspector Darren Hopkins said “a number of youths admitted to using drugs”.

“As a result of tip offs from members of the public, police were informed that a number of youths were gathering around the Launceston skate park and using drugs,” he said.

“Police conducted around 18 searches and two people were charged.

“These random drug detection patrols will continue into the future to ensure the area is safe for everybody to use.”

To report information to police anonymously contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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