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Sly grog bust, Kowanyama

Senior Constable Donna Lynn with the illicit alcohol.

Police have picked up a man trying to illegally drive banned alcohol into the Kowanyama community.

After receiving an anonymous tip off from Crime Stoppers, Senior Constable Donna Lynn and Senior Constable Ira Nordstrom found the suspect vehicle on Dunbar Road in the early hours of January 20.

A search of the vehicle allegedly found 48 casks of five-litre wine which was destined for the remote cape community.

A 49-year-old Kowanyama man was charged with possession of liquor in a restricted area and is due to appear in Kowanyama Magistrates Court on February 10.

The Officer in Charge of the Kowanyama Police Station Acting Senior Sergeant Lynda Thompson encouraged members of the community to contact the Sly Grog Hotline on 1800 500 815 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


“Sly grog in Kowanyama creates a massive increase on calls for service,” Acting Senior Sergeant Thompson said.

“The disruption of this activity creates a safer environment for all community members.”


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