50 raids, 36 arrests, 400 charges: Drug police sweep Emerald

THIRTY-six people have been arrested and charged with more than 400 drug offences following a major police operation at Emerald, in central Queensland.

Police raided more than 50 properties in the former mining-boom town this week following a major year-long investigation aimed at stopping the supply of crystal methamphetamine (ice) and cannabis in the area.

Detectives and officers from Rockhampton, along with officers from the Tactical Crime Squad, Springsure, Ankie, Capella, and Blackwater have stormed dozens of properties in the past two days.


So far, police have seized drugs and guns and arrested 36 people on over 400 charges.

Fifteen of those have been charged with 26 counts of trafficking drugs, and 284 counts of drug supply.

Detective Russell Joyce said the closure of the operation was the result of a years’ worth of hard work.

“We have seen a large quantity of drugs and firearms removed from the community as a result of this operation,” he said.

“All the police officers involved have worked tirelessly to get to this point, and I want to thank members of the Emerald community for assisting us in getting the great results we see today.”

Police have said they expect to make more arrests and lay more charges in the coming days.

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