Booze making allegations, cannabis in tyre tube

By ERWIN CHLANDA

 

Allegations about illegal production of alcohol were made to Chief Minister Michael Gunner and Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker in a letter signed Concerned Title Holder and dated December 1, 2019.

 

A copy was sent to the Alice Springs News.

 

The letter (redacted version pictured) named two men and their positions in an Aboriginal organisation, as well as a homeland.

 

On April 25 the News made the following enquiry with police media, and we sent a copy of the letter to them: “Have investigations taken place? If so, what was done as part of these investigations, and what were the results.”

 

We’ve received no reply to the initial email nor to a follow-up on May 1.

 

Meanwhile police say in a media release they have discovered “further quantities of cannabis destined for remote communities” including some in a tyre tube of a child’s bike (pictured).

 

Between April 24 and 30 police seized about 630 grams of cannabis destined for remote communities in the NT, says the release.

 

“Police estimate the street value of cannabis seized to be upwards of $95,000.

 

“One person was issued a notice to appear in court and two drug infringements were issued. Two further incidents are being investigated.”

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments (starting with the most recent)

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  1. Liberal
    Posted May 4, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Wow, it appears that the word is around. If true maybe the organisation in question would be successful with the same approach as they have as mentioned.

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  2. Malcolm Kyle
    Posted May 4, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    In Canada or many US states, this would be seen as a legitimate business and these guys would be paying taxes. Wake up Australia!

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  3. Liberal
    Posted May 4, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    Name them and shame them if the story is true. But this is only 1/10th of what is happening in Alice Springs and the Territory. People riding on the disadvantage of Aboriginal people. It’s rife!

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  4. Peter
    Posted May 4, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    So many complaints about the lack of enterprise on communities.
    Of course making alcohol for sale is illegal but is this not a counterpoint?

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