Police have smashed six major crime syndicates operating in Queensland as part of a worldwide crime sting with a Gold Coast home among dozens raided across the state.
More than 240 people have been arrested nationwide as part of Operation Ironside, which duped criminals into using a supposedly encrypted messaging app that had actually been developed by the FBI with help from the Australian Federal Police.
The AFP and Queensland Police have carried out 55 search warrants across the state with 38 people arrested on 152 charges.
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Among them is a 41-year-old man who was arrested following a raid on a home at Mermaid Waters on Monday.
He is now facing serious drug offences including trafficking.
Police seized more than 200kgs of drugs, $310,000 in cash, luxury goods, a Mercedes and false identification as part of the operation.
The syndicate is accused of trafficking drugs across the Gold Coast and Brisbane with three other members also arrested following the raid.
Police say collectively, the alleged offenders are facing jail terms that could run into hundreds of years.
“The AFP-led Operation Ironside has arrested and charged people who we will allege are some of the most dangerous criminals in Queensland and Australia,” AFP Assistant Commissioner Lesa Gale said.
“We allege they are members of outlaw motorcycle gangs and serious organised crime groups. We allege they have been trafficking illicit drugs including cocaine, methamphetamine and cannabis into and around Australia at an industrial scale.”
Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Katherine Innes says more arrests are expected with investigators also identifying businesses involved or assisting in alleged crimes.
“Those trusted insiders that assist these businesses of organised crime will come under significant scrutiny into the weeks and years to come,” Assistant Commissioner Innes said.
“I believe that there is ongoing investigations into a number of trusted insider matters and we’ll see there will be further action.”
Solicitors, accountants and those who could be facilitating money laundering will be in the sights of Police.
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