A man alleged to be a significant figure in a major SE Qld drug trafficking syndicate has been arrested on the Gold Coast and charged with a string of drugs and weapons offences.
The 31-year-old local man was arrested by detectives from the Organised Crime Gangs Group at a luxury Surfers Paradise Unit on Saturday December 2.
It comes following a protracted operation, which started in August 2016, focusing on the alleged trafficking of illicit drugs primarily into the Gold Coast and South Brisbane areas.
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Detectives said the operation has focused on a middle eastern organised crime network who has allegedly regularly used violence associated with their drug trafficking.
The man has been charged with Trafficking Dangerous Drugs with a circumstance of aggravation,
Enter premises and commit indictable offence, Extortion, Unlawful possession of a category H weapon (semi-automatic pistol), Possession of dangerous drug (Methylphenidate), Possession of tainted property (Australian currency $9845) and possession of property suspected of being used in commission of a crime (mobile phones etc).
He appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today, where he was remanded in custody to re-appear on January 15, 2018.
Detective Superintendent Roger Lowe, Commander of the Organised Crime Gangs Group said this is a clear message to those involved in the network, no-one is untouchable.
“We will continue to pursue those causing harm to the community through drug selling, violence and intimidation. We’ll also target the assets and profits made through illicit activities,” Detective Lowe said.