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Police probe truckie drug ring

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New South Wales Police say their investigation of a drug ring that was allegedly supplying long-haul truck drivers with amphetamines will continue.

Officers from the Richmond Local Area Command have been investigating a supply operation linking Sydney and Lismore since January.

Yesterday they arrested four people.

It is alleged a 47-year-old Chillcotts Grass man, and his 54-year-old wife, were involved through his employment as an interstate B-double truck driver.

Two men in their 40s were also arrested at Sydney's Eastern Creek yesterday.

Detective inspector Greg Moore says methylamphetamine was being supplied to truck drivers using the Pacific and New England highways between Sydney and Brisbane.

"We will be alleging that there is a significant commercial level of drug supply," he said.

"It's also concerning that, as an aspect of this investigation, we've identified links with use of illicit drugs within the heavy-vehicle industry."

Road-safety campaigner Rod Hannifey does not believe drug-use is widespread in the trucking industry.

He says his fellow truckies are often unfairly targeted.

"They did do a big test there in Dubbo some time ago and they tested 1300 truck drivers, and they caught one truck driver on three charges," he said.

"Yet in that time, the only car drivers that got tested were those who wouldn't slow down for the 40km zone, there was about 15 of them, and three of them were up on drug charges."

Source: ABC NEWS

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