MORE than two dozen alleged online drug dealers have been arrested and charged following a major police operation in Southeast Queensland.
In the four months since November 2017, police have arrested 36 people on 121 charges and seized crystal meth, MDMA, ketamine, GHB, heroin, cannabis and steroids as part of Operations Papa Snipe and Quebec Prospectors.
The operations form just one part of a multi-faceted strategy by Queensland Police to target individuals involved in selling dangerous drugs, including ‘ice’ online.
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Acting Detective Inspector Glen Donaldson from the Drug and Serious Crime Group said many drug dealers had moved online under the false impression they would remain anonymous.
“Everything that you do online leaves a trace and these operations highlight that the QPS is actively monitoring a range of online platforms and we will prosecute anyone we identify engaged in the supply of dangerous drugs,” Acting Detective Inspector Donaldson said.
“It is important that people understand you do not know what you are receiving when you order these drugs online,” he said.
“In one instance a substance supplied by an online offender purporting to be prescription only pain medication was identified to be fentanyl, an extremely dangerous chemical up to 100 times more potent than morphine.
“You are literally risking your life by taking these substances”.
Regional Crime Coordinator of the Brisbane Region Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming said police recognise that the online environment continues to pose challenges for law enforcement, not just in Queensland, but globally.
“Just as offenders evolve in their methodologies, the QPS are also evolving and adapting our investigative capabilities to disrupt and deter this type of offending,” Superintendent Fleming said.
“The QPS recognises that success in respect of targeting drugs within our community can only be achieved through the combined efforts of all levels of government, industry, communities, families and individuals themselves,” he said.