'Maroons' and Blues join forces to tackle border crime

Do drugs? Have an outstanding warrant for your arrest? Have a penchant for stealing? Think you can escape across the border?

Well think again.

Still not concerned? Imagine then if the Maroons and the Blues joined forces, teaming up to tackle anyone who think they are above the law.

Well that's exactly what happened in Goondiwindi, Talwood, Yelarbon and Inglewood week only hours before the first clash in the State of Origin,

More than 30 police officers from NSW and Queensland raided various addresses with a book of outstanding warrants. Twenty-five people have been charged with offences ranging from drug trafficking to grevious bodily harm.

It follows a joint effort last month which nabbed thieves near Inglewood who had allegedly gone on a crime spree across the border region.

And it couldn't make Goondiwindi Regional Mayor, Cr Graeme Scheu any happier.

He has been calling for a closer link between NSW and Queensland Governments over a range of issues, not just battling crime, for years.

"It was gratifying to see the cooperation that exists between interstate forces. Unfortunately, Police legislation in different states is not unlike having two different gauge railway lines. They normally do not interact. It is impossible to change legislation so a good working relationship needs to exist and obviously, that has occurred with NSW and Queensland police counterparts, Scott Tanner and Mark Kelly.

"It's been a great result for the community."

On June 5-6 the Darling Downs District Police in partnership with the New South Wales Police Service conducted Operation Coaltown, targeting drug offences and persons wanted in either jurisdiction.

Twenty-five people were charged with 50 drug offences including: 9 x supplying dangerous drugs, 1 x trafficking dangerous drugs, 10 x possess dangerous drugs, 16 x possess drug utensils, 3 x Possess things used in commission of crime, 1 x unlawful carnal knowledge, 2 x fail dispose syringe, 2 x wilful damage, 2 x obstruct police, 3 x fail to appear at court charges, 1 x grevious bodily harm (NSW offence), 1 x arrest warrant for breach DV order, 1 x breach probation warrant.

Further charges of trafficking and supply dangerous drug are expected to be laid against other offenders

Two men were successfully extradited from New South Wales to Queensland to face a series of charges at Toowoomba Magistrates Court.

One man was extradited from Queensland to New South Wales on a series of charges. A further four men, three in Queensland, one in NSW have held in custody with extraditions pending.