POLICE have seized $2.4 million in cash and more than $1 million in drugs during a major operation targeting a high level organised crime gang on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
Twenty-eight people have been arrested on 110 charges as part of Operation Papa Argyle, which was formed to investigate the criminal syndicate in January last year.
During the operation, officers seized more than $1 million in cocaine, MDMA, cannabis and steroids.
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A further $2.4 million in cold hard cash was allegedly found during a raid at a property at Doolandella.
More than $600,000 worth of property was also seized, including 15 cars, jewellery and computer gear.
Of those arrested, 11 have been charged with ‘Knowingly being a Participant in a Criminal Organisation’ under Queensland’s new Organised Crime Legislation.
Operations Manager and Officer in Charge of the Sunshine Coast Crime Group Detective Inspector David Drinnen said the arrests were the culmination of a 17-month protracted investigation.
“This is a very successful outcome for Sunshine Coast District detectives who have dismantled and disabled a highly organised, systematic and high-level crime group,” Detective Inspector Drinnen said.
He said the operation has had a “significant impact” on the drug trade in Southeast Queensland.
“Our specialist and highly trained group of investigators have never been backward in coming forward when targeting criminal gangs through their relentless pursuit of illegal activity, and it puts all criminal groups on notice.
“With this seizure of millions of dollars in cash, drugs, and other proceeds of crime, we’ve hit criminal groups where is hurts most – profit.”
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