$2 million worth of crystal meth (ice) uncovered in old gold rush town

POLICE have uncovered more than two kilograms of crystal meth in an old mining town in north Queensland.

A 38-year-old man has been arrested and charged over the haul, seized in Charters Towers, west of Townsville.

The man first came to the attention of police when officers from the Tactical Crime Unit intercepted his Toyota Landcruiser for an RBT on Gregory Development Rd, just outside of Charters, around 10.45pm on Saturday.


While speaking with the driver, officers noticed that he was becoming agitated and increasingly nervous.

Officers formed the suspicious there could have been drugs in the car and conducted a search of his vehicle.

During the search, police allegedly located two bags, each containing 1kg of methylamphetamine (ice), as well as $11,950 in cash, two meth pipes, two mobile phones, and a stockpile of freezer bags.

It’s understood the meth was found stashed in a camping fridge that was located in the back of the vehicle.

Police said the drugs equated to “20,000 hits” and could have fetched $2 million if sold at street level.

Following the vehicle stop, officers raided the man’s house on Sandy Creek Road at Southern Cross.

Here, officers allegedly found two more clip seal bags containing crystal meth and an ice pipe.

The 38-year-old driver from Southern Cross was arrested and has since been charged with six drug related offences, including trafficking and possessing a dangerous drug.

He is due to appear in the Townsville Magistrates Court today.

Police are investigating whether the man was part of a much larger drug trafficking operation.

“It definitely has to be part of a major operation to be transporting two kilograms of ice,” police said.

“This person has been very unlucky. It was basically in the middle of the night … it just happened that Tactical Crime Squad officers were in the area at the time.”