During the Christmas and New Year period, Mornington Island Police worked proactively to detect liquor and enforce the zero carriage limit within the boundaries of the Mornington Island Alcohol Management Plan.
On New Years Eve, local police used early intervention strategies to reduce the number of alcohol-related incidents to ensure community members were able to enjoy the new year in safety and without interference.
Three search warrants were executed on properties after receiving valuable information from members of the community.
At one Mornington Island address police allegedly located 139 bottles of home brew alcohol (approximately 200 litres), with an estimated street value of about $5000.
As a result, a 59-year-old Mornington Island man and a 44-year-old Mornington Island woman were both charged with prohibition of possession of liquor in a restricted area.
On January 5, police conducted an emergent search at a Mornington Island address where they located approximately 25 litres of home brew alcohol. A 79-year-old Mornington Island man was charged with prohibition of possession of liquor in a restricted area and possession of a home brew kit or components of a kit.
During the period between December 1, and January 5, Mornington Island Police charged total of 12 people for allegedly committing the following liquor-related offences:
- Nine charges of prohibition of possession of liquor in a restricted area
- Three charges of possessing a substance other than home brew
- One charge of possessing a home brew kit or components of a kit
- One charge of possessing equipment to brew alcohol
Police utilised tip out powers on 28 occasions during this period. This is where liquor is tipped out to prevent the continuation of the offence however no action is taken against the person.
All people charged are due to appear in the Mornington Island Magistrates Court on January 14.
The effects on the health and safety of members of the Mornington Island community from the consumption of home made alcohol are of significant concern to Mornington Island Police.
Members of the community who have any information in relation to the supply or possession of alcohol on Mornington Island are encourages to contact PoliceLink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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