Drug and weapon charges, Eubanangee (Innisfail)

A 60-year-old man has been charged with a number of offences following the discovery of a crocodile head, drugs, and weapons at a Eubanangee property.

Detectives from the Innisfail Criminal Investigations Branch executed a search warrant at a Dinner Creek Road address yesterday, June 1, where it will be alleged they located a crocodile skull, weapons, ammunition, and a small cannabis crop.

Investigations in relation to the crocodile skull and possible offences under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 are continuing in conjunction with Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) investigators.

At this stage, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection cannot confirm the large crocodile head is from the headless crocodile found in a creek north of Innisfail on April 23, 2017.

A 60-year-old Eubanangee man has been charged with three counts of unlawful possession of weapons, and one count each of producing dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs, authority required to possess explosives, possessing anything used in the commission of a crime, and restriction on taking a protected animal (Class 3).

He is due to appear in the Innisfail Magistrates Court on July 10, 2017.

EHP advises people must not deliberately interfere, harm or kill crocodiles without authorisation. This is an offence under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and is also likely to put the perpetrator in danger.

This also applies to the carcasses of deceased animals. For example, charges can be laid for removing parts of crocodiles found dead in the wild, without appropriate authorisation. The maximum penalty is $27,425.

Anyone who has evidence of a crocodile being harmed or interfered with is encouraged to contact EHP on 1300 130 372 so that the matter can be investigated.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24hrs per day.

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