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DRUG RAIDS IN AUSTRALIAN SKI RESORTS
Thursday August 22, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

18 people were arrested after police raid bars & clubs in Thredbo, Perisher and Jindabyne.





13 bars were targeted and 60 people were searched.

Operation commander, detective chief inspector Joseph Thorne, said the operation Azure was a success.

Eight people were arrested during the operation on drug possession charges.

Another five people were issued a cannabis caution, three people were issued with move on directions and another person was issued a fail to quit notice.

Here on PlanetSKI we recently reported on the drugs problem in some Australian ski resorts as police seized $144m of cocaine:

"Each year, the NSW Police Force works to maintain the safety of visitors in the alpine area through high visibility policing and specific drug and traffic enforcement operations," Detective Chief Inspector Thorne said in a statement.

"I can assure the community that we are using numerous methods to proactively target individuals and groups who are involved in illegal drug supply, drug use and anti-social behaviour.

"We will also not be tolerating anyone who puts the public at risk by driving on our roads under the influence of alcohol or drugs."

A snowboard instructor at Perisher, Ori Bernstein, was sacked by the resort after being charged.

He was in the Banjo Paterson Inn when police allegedly found three capsules if MDMA.

Recently a British ski instructor from Perisher was sentenced to 10 years in jail for raping a woman and assaulting her boyfriend in a brutal attack last year.

He was on drugs at the time:

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