A major drug syndicate has been busted in Far North Queensland following a year-long Police operation, with 15 people charged with a string of offences.
Operation Papa Prowess began in February 2017, with local Organised Crime Squads working with the Australian Tax Office and Victoria Police to investigate the source of drugs and unexplained wealth being generated by syndicate members both within Queensland and interstate.
On March 16, police raided several properties in the Port Douglas area, including homes on Barrier Street, Endeavour Parade, Nautilus Street, Murphy Street, Tropic Court, Sorrento Crescent, Mountain View Road and Cooya Beach.
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Search warrants were also executed at a vessel berthed at the Port Douglas Marina and three businesses in Port Douglas including a gym and a yoghurt shop.
Drugs including cocaine, cannabis and MDMA, with an estimated value of over $100,000, as well as $32,500 in cash were seized.
Other items including encrypted telecommunication devices, mobile phones, smoking utensils, scales, crocodile skulls and seeds were also seized.
15 people have been charged with 84 offences including trafficking dangerous drugs and supplying dangerous drugs.
Police will allege that the syndicate facilitated the trafficking of cocaine from Melbourne to Cairns and Port Douglas through established criminal links before distribution through a network of suppliers throughout the north.