POLICE have smashed a drug trafficking ring and seized over $1 million worth of crystal meth on the Gold Coast.
Following an extensive six-month investigation, officers today raided nine properties in Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Robina, Currumbin Waters, Austinville and Varsity lakes and arrested ten people on 40 charges.
It’s alleged the syndicate imported more than 3kg of ice from the United States and distributed it across the Coast.
The drugs were allegedly smuggled into Australia concealed inside children’s cartoon comic books.
Police also seized a quantity of cannabis, GHB, a stash of cash, an electric bike and a stolen 4.6m boat and trailer.
Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said the seizure resulted in over 30,000 hits of ‘ice’ being taken off the street.
“This operation has dismantled a significant criminal network and clearly demonstrates our ability to bring resources to bear on those involved in the supply of this insidious drug,” Detective Inspector Smith said.
“Our efforts will continue, and offenders need to understand every opportunity to bring then before the court will be taken regardless of the location or time of day.”
Those charged will appear in Southport Magistrates Court over the coming month.
Investigations are continuing.
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