POLICE have smashed a multimillion dollar international drug importation ring wide open, arresting six people including four alleged Rebels bikies – two of which were caught on the Gold Coast.
It’s alleged the group were involved in the importation of 8kg of amphetamines worth around $20 million stashed in four packages sent from the United Kingdom to Australia.
Overnight, the National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS) led a controlled operation, with support from Queensland Police Task Force Maxima and the Australian Crime Commission, and executed a number of search warrants in Queensland and Tasmania.
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As a result, two alleged Tasmanian Rebels living on the Gold Coast were arrested, along with three men in Tasmania and one in the UK.
“As a result, Tasmania Police and ACBPS officials intercepted two packages sent from the United Kingdom which contained approximately 4kg of amphetamines,” Australian Crime Commission National Manager of Investigations Richard Grant said.
“Two further packages totalling another 4kg were later intercepted in Queensland.”
The two men arrested on the Gold Coast appeared briefly in court this morning and will both return to court next month.
The Australian Crime Commission-led Eligo National Task Force coordinated the operation which involved Tasmania Police, Queensland Police Service, Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) in partnership with West Mercia Police (UK).
Since it was established in 2012, the Eligo National Task Force has seized more than $665 million worth of drugs and assets, including $38.5 million in cash.
The task force comprises the Australian Crime Commission, the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) and the AFP, in partnership with the ACBPS and state and territory police.