More than a kilogram of marijuana and nearly 100 litres of grog destined for remote communities in East Arnhem were seized by NT Police as part of a major six-week operation that apparently did not turn up any harder drugs.
Operation Ronga was a joint operation between the Northern Substance Abuse Intelligence Desk and the Dog Unit.
Police said the operation involved searching and screening people for drugs, running traffic checkstops and engaging with the community.
The only drugs reported as being discovered was the 1.14 kilograms of marijuana. The police media unit did not say why other drugs such as ice were not discovered or reported during the operation.
Police said there were eight arrests over the duration of the operation between April 9 and May 21, eight notices to appear on drug and traffic offences, eight liquor infringements issued, 12 drug infringements and 64 traffic infringement notices.
Police said more than 2,000 people in East Arnhem were screened by the NT Police drug detection dog and four “drug detection dog presentations at local schools” occurred.
It was unclear if that meant students had been searched for drugs.
“Operation Ronga has concluded successfully and I congratulate the members involved,” said Senior Sergeant Daniel Whitfield-Jones in a statement.
“Joint operations like this are just one of the methods used by police to disrupt the supply of prohibited drugs and alcohol in vulnerable communities.”