Five charged over major Gold Coast drug bust ahead of schoolies

Five men are facing up to 25 years each in prison, after a major drug bust operation on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane ahead of schoolies.

Operation Oxfordshire began earlier this year, identifying a southeast Queensland syndicate that was trafficking cocaine from Sydney.

On Friday, November 5, officers intercepted a van on the Gold Coast highway through Bilinga suspected of being used for a drug run.


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Police allege they found 1kg of cocaine hidden in a paint tin.

A 30-year-old Brisbane man and a 37-year-old Gold Coast man were arrested at the scene and charged with multiple offences.

Search warrants were then executed across the Gold Coast and Brisbane on Friday and Saturday, including at homes and businesses.

Police allegedly seized more quantities of cocaine, steroids, cryovac machines, and other equipment.

The illicit substances are worth a combined $655,000 and luxury property suspected of being the proceeds of crime with a combined value of more than $2 million.

The other seizures include about $1.15 million in cash, 2.1 kilograms of cocaine, encrypted mobile phones, designer watches worth more than $800,000, several luxury cars including a Lamborghini 724 Huracan, a jet-ski and a cash counting machine.

Three more Gold Coast men were arrested over the course of the weekend.

All five men are due to front court today on multiple charges (listed below).

They all face up to 25 years each in prison.

QJOCTF Commander AFP Detective Inspector Scott Curtis says investigations are still continuing.

“As police, we know better than most the significant and heartbreaking impact that illegal drugs have on individuals, families and whole communities – especially at this time of the year,” he said.

“We believe that this seizure of cocaine worth nearly $400,000 would have been circulating throughout southeast Queensland as the Class of 2021 started celebrating Schoolies and other end-of-school events.”

The men have been charged with the following offences:

A 30-year-old Seven Hills man was charged with 12 offences:
• One count of trafficking in a dangerous drug contrary to section 5 of the Drug Misuse Act 1986 (Qld);
• One count of possessing dangerous drug, namely cocaine, contrary to section 9(1)(a) of the Drug Misuse Act 1986 (Qld);
• Two counts of possessing a dangerous drug, namely cocaine, contrary to section 9(1) of the Drug Misuse Act 1986 (Qld);
• One count of possessing a dangerous drug, namely steroids, contrary to section 9(1) of the Drug Misuse Act 1986 (Qld);
• One count of possessing a dangerous drugs (restricted) contrary to section 9(1) of the Drug Misuse Act 1986 (Qld);
• One count of possessing things in connection with a crime used contrary to section 10(1)(b)) of the Drug Misuse Act 1986 (Qld);
• Three counts of possessing proceeds of crime contrary to the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002 (Qld);
• One count of possessing items suspected as being used with crime contrary to section 10A of the Drug Misuse Act 1986 (Qld); and
• One count of failing to take reasonable precaution contrary to section 10(4) of the Drug Misuse Act 1986 (Qld).
The maximum penalty for these offences is 25 years’ imprisonment.

A 37-year-old Mermaid Water man has been charged with eight offences:
• One count of possessing dangerous drug, namely cocaine, contrary to section 9(1)(a) of the Drug Misuse Act 1986 (Qld);
• One count of possessing a dangerous drug, namely steroids, contrary to section 9(1) of the Drug Misuse Act 1986 (Qld);
• Three counts of possessing things in connection with a crime used contrary to section 10(1)(b)) of the Drug Misuse Act 1986 (Qld);
• Two counts of possessing proceeds of crime contrary to the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002 (Qld); and
• One count of possessing a drug utensil contrary to section 10(1) of the Drug Misuse Act 1986 (Qld).
The maximum penalty for these offences is 25 years’ imprisonment.

A 29-year-old Coomera man was charged with six offences.
• One count of trafficking in a dangerous drug contrary to section 5 of the Drug Misuse Act 1986 (Qld);
• Two counts of possessing a dangerous drug, namely cocaine, contrary to section 9(1) of the Drug Misuse Act 1986 (Qld);
• One count of possessing things in connection with a crime used contrary to section 10(1)(b) of the Drug Misuse Act 1986 (Qld); and
• Two counts of possessing proceeds of crime contrary to the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002 (Qld).
• The maximum penalty for these offences is 25 years’ imprisonment.

A 31-year-old Surfer Paradise man has been charged with two offences:
• One count of possessing amphetamines contrary to section 9(1) of the Drug Misuse Act 1986 (Qld); and
• One count of receiving tainted property contrary to section 433(1) of the Criminal Code 1899 (Qld).
The maximum penalty for these offences is 25 years’ imprisonment.

A 28-year-old Hope Island man has been charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug contrary to section 5 of the Drug Misuse Act 1986 (Qld). The maximum penalty for this offence is 25 years’ imprisonment.
The four men arrested on Friday each faced Southport Magistrates Court on Saturday 6 November and were remanded to re-appear today (Monday 8 November).

The man arrested yesterday (7 November) is also scheduled to face Southport Magistrates Court today.

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