MORE than $5 million worth of cannabis and crystal meth which police believe was destined for Schoolies has been seized following a major state-wide police operation in Queensland.
Police say officers intercepted 13 drug parcels at a post office on the Gold Coast last Sunday. The packagers were allegedly filled with cannabis and image enhancing drugs.
Officers then raided nine homes across the city and dismantled four drug houses, seizing 91 cannabis plants and 25 kilograms of dried cannabis worth more than half a million dollars.
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A further 1600 marijuana plants worth more than $4 million were also allegedly found growing in a forest near Gympie, north of the Sunshine Coast.
In all, police raided more than 50 properties across the state and arrested 76 people on 247 charges.
The operation also netted 500 grams of crystal meth.
Police say the operation was a huge success and believe the drug dealers were targeting school leavers.
“This was a significant week for State Crime Command’s Drug and Serious Crime Group with the assistance from officers across the state,” Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker of the Drug and Serious Crime Group said.
“This action was aimed at disrupting the supply of dangerous drugs and with our tactical action, targeting those responsible for these distribution networks which we believe were focused on end of school year celebrations.
“While methylamphetamine continues to be the drug many are turning to, these closures highlight cannabis is still a very real drug of choice for many.
“We will continue to maintain an active role monitoring and targeting the supply of drugs during end of year school celebrations.”
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.