New system to stop truckie drug traffickers from moving tonnes of deadly drugs via ‘ice highways’

Breakthrough technology designed to stop drug-trafficking truck drivers polluting towns with methamphetamine as they cross the country will soon be introduced.

Authorities plan to utilise Geospatial Information Systems to clamp down on traffickers delivering drugs in regional towns via major ‘ice highways’, news.com.au reports. 

Since the early 2000s, truckies have used the 15,000km of roads connecting each state to distribute batches of ice – many creeping below the radar and avoiding penalty.

Breakthrough technology designed to stop drug-trafficking truck drivers polluting towns with methamphetamine as they cross the country will soon be introduced (stock photo)

Breakthrough technology designed to stop drug-trafficking truck drivers polluting towns with methamphetamine as they cross the country will soon be introduced (stock photo)

Breakthrough technology designed to stop drug-trafficking truck drivers polluting towns with methamphetamine as they cross the country will soon be introduced (stock photo)

Law enforcement officers believe those days are about to come to an end, with the new system set to make busting law-breakers far easier and less time consuming.

Historically truckies have traveled Victoria’s Hume, Sturt and Calder highways to spread ice through towns like Mildura and Bendigo. 

They have been known to exploit the regional town Roma, in Queensland, as it intersects the Carnavon and Warrego highways.

Nowra, two hours south of Sydney, has also become known as a hot-spot for truckies to dump large quantities of illicit drugs.   

Since the early 2000s, truckies have used the 15,000km of roads connecting states to distribute batches of ice - many creeping below the radar and avoiding penalty (10kg of illicit drugs seized from a truck on Hume Highway in January pictured)

Since the early 2000s, truckies have used the 15,000km of roads connecting states to distribute batches of ice - many creeping below the radar and avoiding penalty (10kg of illicit drugs seized from a truck on Hume Highway in January pictured)

Since the early 2000s, truckies have used the 15,000km of roads connecting states to distribute batches of ice – many creeping below the radar and avoiding penalty (10kg of illicit drugs seized from a truck on Hume Highway in January pictured)

Towns in their war-path as they commute cross-country have been Mount Gambier in South Australia, Katherine in the Northern Territory and Mandurah in Western Australia.

The country’s meth is produced in ‘clan labs’, most commonly by motorcycle gangs or criminal networks, according to the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.

In an address at the Australian Security Summit, United States Border Patrol assistant chief Patrick Stewart said once police pinned down the source of the drugs, they could begin work to stop it being trafficked. 

Towns in their war-path as they commute cross-country have been Mount Gambier in South Australia, Katherine in the Northern Territory and Mandurah in Western Australia (stock photo)

Towns in their war-path as they commute cross-country have been Mount Gambier in South Australia, Katherine in the Northern Territory and Mandurah in Western Australia (stock photo)

Towns in their war-path as they commute cross-country have been Mount Gambier in South Australia, Katherine in the Northern Territory and Mandurah in Western Australia (stock photo)

He said by using the GIS technology, officers would ‘see footprints in the sand so we log those footprints and if they’re travelling with drugs, we’d log the description of those drugs.’

‘All of that is stored on the server and then, based on historical information even the available light from the moon, the weather patterns, everything, we can say it’s highly likely (the drugs) are headed to this stash-house or this landmark.’

Mr Stewart said with the additional tracking information police could ‘jump ahead of that trafficking and wait for them to come to us instead of chasing — so we’re always a step ahead’.  

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