GC man charged over $1 million cannabis haul

AN eight-month police operation has dismantled a multi-million dollar drug network operating throughout southeast Queensland.

Police charged a Gold Coast man yesterday



, police yesterday charged a man following the location of a significant amount of cannabis.

During the course of Operation Mike Tyras investigators became aware of information which identified a motor vehicle travelling from South Australia to Queensland may have been carrying drugs. On June 4, investigators intercepted the white utility containing two people on the Warrego Highway at Withcott.

A search of the vehicle located over $5000 in cash and identified that a false floor had been welded into the rear of the utility. A further search of the vehicle allegedly resulted in the discovery of a sophisticated hydraulic-operated false cavity below the tray of the utility which contained 200 x one pound double cry-vac bags of cannabis (worth approximately $1million).

Yesterday investigators from the Drug and Serious Crime Group executed a search warrant on a Parkwood (Gold Coast) address where they located a 66-year-old man. The male was subsequently arrested and charged with one count each of possession dangerous drug and possess property suspected of being proceeds of an offence and two counts of things used in connection with a crime. He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on August 3.

“Today’s arrest was the result of ongoing enquiries with respect to those involved in the distribution of dangerous drugs identified during Operation Mike Tyras.

“In association with our interstate partners we will continue to target these networks. The Queensland Police Service is committed to reducing the negative impacts of dangerous drugs on our community and we will continue to dismantle these networks,” Detective Inspector Lance Vercoe of the Drug and Serious Crime Group said,