EIGHT people have been arrested on 38 charges and almost $1 million in drugs and cash has been seized following a major police blitz on the Gold Coast.
The large-scale operation codenamed Maduro was set up last year to investigate the regular transportation of drugs, mostly cocaine from Sydney to the Gold Coast.
It’s alleged former members of the Hells Angels and Comancheros bikie gangs were involved in trafficking the drugs between the two states.
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During the protracted investigation, police identified a number of “safe houses” which were allegedly being used by the syndicate on the Gold Coast.
As a result, tactical police raided 12 properties of interest on Thursday and seized more than $745,000 worth of drugs, $158,000 in cash and a loaded shotgun.
Among the drugs seized was 154g of cocaine, seven grams of ice, 89 mature cannabis plants, 40 cannabis plant seeds, eight vials of steroids and 192 steroid tablets.
The Gold Coast Scenes of Crime Unit, Forensic police, and drug detection dogs from the Queensland Police Service, Australian Federal Police, and Australian Border Force were also used in the operation.