Accused drug traffickers slapped with extra money laundering charges

DETECTIVES have today charged two accused Gold Coast drug traffickers with additional money laundering offences.

Back in March, Taskforce Maxima launched operation Lima Wood to take down a massive drug trafficking ring on the Gold Coast.

During the operation, police seized over $1.2 million in cash, luxury vehicles, over 100 kilograms of cannabis and restrained a number of properties.


Eighteen people were arrested and charged with trafficking dangerous drugs – ten of these were also charged with being participants in a criminal association, potentially attracting additional sentences ranging from fifteen to twenty five years imprisonment.

As part of an ongoing investigation, detectives today charged two of these men with additional money laundering offences.

A 34-year-old Pimpama man currently remanded in custody for alleged drug trafficking and being the office bearer of a criminal association has been further charged with money laundering, as has a 34-year-old Hope Island man who is on bail after appearing before court charged with alleged drug trafficking and being a facilitator in assisting the criminal association with managing the proceeds of their crime.

They’re both due to appear before the Brisbane Magistrates Court on October 20.

Taskforce Maxima Commander Detective Superintendent Michael Niland said investigations by his officers are often protracted, complex and do not stop with the arrest of gang members.

“We intend to find and restrain gang member’s criminal profits, just as we intend to identify and charge those in the community who assist them to hide their profits from us.”

Detective Inspector Terry Lawrence said one of Taskforce Maxima’s principal aims is to pursue and strip criminal associations of their proceeds of crime.

“Investigating and prosecuting the criminal economy is paramount in dismantling organised crime.”