TWO men and a woman have been arrested and charged after police seized more than 40 kilograms of crystal meth, cocaine, MDMA, and heroin on the Gold Coast.
The trio was arrested on Wednesday as local and federal officers swooped on two properties – an apartment building in Surfers Paradise and a second complex at Hope Island.
It followed a major year-long investigation led by the Australian Federal Police into an organised crime syndicate with links to bikie gangs operating on the Gold Coast.
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Authorities were first alerted to group’s activities in January after Border Force officers identified a large amount of border controlled drugs in a number of packages imported through the post from Africa.
The packages were allegedly addressed to two apartment complexes on the Gold Coast.
Following a protracted joint investigation, detectives yesterday executed multiple search warrants in Surfers Paradise and Hope Island.
During the operation, officers allegedly seized four kilograms of methamphetamine and other illicit substances, as well as weapons including two firearms, and more than $100,000 in cash.
A further 38 kilograms of illicit drugs, including various amounts of meth, cocaine, MDMA, and heroin, was intercepted and seized at the border before they could reach the syndicate, police said.
A man and woman from Hope Island, aged 30 and 24, and a second 30-year-old man from Sydney were arrested during Wednesday’s raids and have each been charged with a range of offences.
Police said the charges related to the trafficking of controlled drugs and dealing in proceeds of crime, pursuant to the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth), and, trafficking and supply offences pursuant to the Drugs Misuse Act 1986 (Qld).
The trio is also expected to be charged with further Commonwealth and State offences.
Both men were refused bail and due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court today, while the woman was refused bail and will appear at a later date.
Queensland’s Border Force Regional Commander Terry Price said the operation highlighted the excellent work carried out by local ABF teams in the international mail and air cargo environments.
“The highly skilled ABF officers working at the border use their intuition, backed up by intelligence and sophisticated detection technologies,” Regional Commander Price said.
“The genesis of this investigation lay with the initial detections by ABF officers in January.
“Thanks to their work at the border and the subsequent joint investigation, we have stopped a significant amount of drugs reaching the Queensland community.”
The investigation into the criminal syndicate is ongoing.
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