POLICE have arrested three men and seized a large stash of cocaine in a major operation on the Gold Coast.
Detectives raided several addresses across the city on Friday as part of Operation Papa Marine which was formed in October last year to investigate a local cocaine trafficking syndicate.
The operation consisted of officers from the Organised Crime Gangs Group as well as other specialist units and involved a number of strategies to target members of the syndicate.
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Undercover officers dressed as tradies were involved in a covert sting at Southport shortly before midday.
According to witness reports, a group of officers jumped out of a white van which had pulled up next to a Holden ute on Lawson Street and arrested two men shortly before 11am.
It’s understood the two men who were in the car tried to flee but were quickly detained and arrested.
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Police, drug detection dogs, paramedics and firefighters were seen entering one of the three Southport Central towers a short time later.
In a statement, the Queensland Police service said its officers seized a large quantity of cocaine and other drugs during Friday’s operation, as well as thousands of dollars in cash.
In total, three men have been arrested, each of whom face a mandatory seven years in jail after being charged under Queensland’s Serious and Organised Crime legislation.
The men have each been charged with trafficking dangerous drugs with a circumstance of aggravation.
The circumstance of aggravation relates to being a participant in a criminal organisation and carries a mandatory seven-year imprisonment in addition to the head sentence.
The trio is also facing charges of supplying dangerous drugs and possession of dangerous drugs, as well as multiple other offences.
Police said the Organised Crime Gangs Group would continue to target people who commit serious drug related crimes and other offences in association with other participants in criminal organisation’s.
You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.