Gabba crane drama man charged with possessing MDA ‘love drug’

Police are asking people to avoid the area. Photo: Jason South Police are asking people to avoid the area as they negotiate with a man who has climbed a large crane on a construction site. Photo: Tony Moore

Police are negotiating with the man at the site. Photo: Tony Moore

Police began to climb the crane shortly after 10am in an attempt to bring the man down. Photo: Tony Moore

The man climbed the crane early on Sunday morning before ascending to arround halfway. Photo: Tony Moore

The young man who dangled from a crane at Woolloongabba early on Sunday morning has been charged by police with possessing MDA, a powerful ecstacy-styled amphetamine that makes users think they have extra strength.

MDA is known as “Sass”, or “Sally” and is considered a “love-drug”, similar to ecstacy.

The man was not held in custody, but was treated by paramedics and given a notice to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on January 21 to face six charges.

He is charged with possessing MDA, trespass, being involved in an unregulated high risk activity – climbing and dangling from the crane – public nuisance, wilful damage and obstructing police.

Police on Sunday morning successfully brought down the man – in his 20s – who had climbed a large crane at Woolloongabba this morning.

Emergency service crews and police were at the scene for six hours after the man climbed high up the crane.

He was brought down about 11am by two SERT police who scaled the crane. He was treated by paramedics.

Earlier the man had been swinging on crane cables high over a construction site in Carl Street, Woolloongabba.


Police have been at a Woolloongabba construction site for several hours where a man is refusing to come down from a large crane he climbed.

The man was perched high in the top section of a crane 20 storeys high over Carl Street, Woolloongabba, for some hours and has been seen dangling from a cable as police move towards him in an attempt to bring him down.

Specialist police have been talking constantly to the man, believed to be in his mid-20s.

The street has been closed to vehicles and pedestrians and police are asking people to avoid the area.

Earlier this morning the man was hanging upside down by his legs from the very top of the crane, one witness said.

Fire and rescue services, police and emergency services rushed to the scene just after 5.30am to find the clearly distressed man very agitated.

He has now calmed down and is talking with negotiators who are on top of nearby buildings in Carl Street, one block from the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

On the ground ambulance crews,  Queensland Search and Rescue Crews, police and specialist police are waiting.

A representative from the site construction company, Montecorvino Constructions has arrived at the Carl Street site.

Around 4.30am this morning police were advised that a man had entered a construction site and had climbed a large crane.

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