At least 18 people have been charged and a massive haul of drugs have been seized during a week-long police operation targeting the production and supply of dangerous drugs across the Gold Coast.
The major bust comes just days before thousands of schoolies are set to arrive in Surfers Paradise for their week-long celebrations.
During the week, detectives from the Gold Coast Criminal Investigation Branch raided a number of homes in various suburbs, as well as the Gold Coast’s mail distribution centre at Bundall.
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More than 23 packages at the postal centre were detected to be concealing illegal substances, including prescription medication, performance and image enhancing drugs and cannabis oil during the operation on Sunday.
Police say the collective estimated street value of the substances was approximately $10,800 and that officers are continuing to investigate the source of the packages.
Meanwhile, a 41-year-old Southport man and 34-year-old Southport woman have both been charged after a tip-off lead officers to a unit on Aqua Street in Southport, where they allegedly located 90 grams of methylamphetamine, GHB, cash and drug utensils.
Earlier that morning, detectives raided a home on Latrobe Avenue in Helensvale where they allegedly uncovered approximately 100 grams of methylamphetamine, in excess of 750 MDMA tablets, cannabis and ammunition.
Chemicals associated with the production of methylamphetamine in clandestine laboratories were also allegedly located, with a 41-year-old Upper Coomera man and 40-year-old Yamanto man both charged.
Two operations targeting the supply of dangerous drugs to the Gold Coast’s nightlife precincts were also conducted.
“As a result of covert strategies, intel was gathered relating to the supply and trafficking of cocaine and MDMA within the Safe Night Precinct, which resulted in detectives executing search warrants at three addresses at Burleigh Waters, Mermaid Waters and Surfers Paradise,” police said.
A 36-year-old Burleigh Waters man, a 32-year-old Mermaid Waters man, and a 27-year-old Surfers Paradise man have all been charged.
Police also executed a search warrant at a home on Nerang-Murwillumbah Road at Mount Nathan on Friday November 8, where they charged a 39-year-old man after allegedly locating cannabis, steroids, associated drug paraphernalia, knuckledusters and knives.
In addition, a further 10 people were charged with possessing dangerous drugs including cocaine, MDMA and cannabis after police conduced a major blitz in the Surfers Paradise nightclub precinct on Saturday November 2.