THE state’s largest haul of XLR11, a synthetic cannabinoid, has been seized in mid-north as well as other drugs, fireworks and weapons in raids across 14 properties.
In an operation that ran from November 10-13, two men have been arrested after Port Augusta police found approximately 500 grams of a white powder, identified as XLR11.
This synthetic cannabinoid, which is dissolvable in liquid, is used to coat vegetable matter to create synthetic cannabis.
This quantity is the largest seizure of XLR11 in the state and the first time it has been located in conjunction with treated vegetable matter.
In an unrelated case just one month ago, police uncovered a sophisticated laboratory used to make synthetic cannabis, in what was believed to be the first case of its kind in Australia.
Police say this quantity could be used to produce about 100,000 doses of synthetic cannabis.
Across the raids police also located 13 cannabis plants, approximately seven grams of methamphetamine and more than one kilogram of dried cannabis.
Other items seized by police include a large quantity of clothing, suspected of being stolen, fireworks, hydroponic equipment and weapons, including knuckledusters, battleaxes and a stock prod.
A 30-year-old Roxby Downs man was arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled drug (methamphetamine).
A 52-year-old Port Augusta man was arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled drug (synthetic cannabinoid), trafficking cannabis and cultivating cannabis. Two others were reported for weapons offences.
Twelve cannabis expiation notices and nine drug diversions were also issued.
Anyone with information regarding the manufacture, sale or supply of illicit drugs should report it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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