Gold Coasters among dozens charged with attempting to import drugs into Qld

Two Gold Coast men have been charged with serious drug offences following a major police investigation into the import of illicit drugs and firearms into Queensland.

A 20-year-old Robina man was taken into custody on April 20 in connection with attempting to import a kilogram of heroin into the state.

Multi-agency Taskforce Sentry intercepted a package that had arrived in Australia from Kenya with the heroin hidden within ribbon spools.


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They then raided the young man’s Robina home and vehicle, seizing a .22 calibre pistol with silencer, a sawn-off 410 shotgun, ammunition, $42 650 in cash, and quantities of MDMA and cocaine.

He appeared in Southport Magistrates Court on April 21 charged with 10 offences and is due to reappear in court on September 6.

A 31-year-old man from Pimpama was also arrested on August 12, accused of accepting a delivery of 1 kilogram of cocaine sent from Italy concealed in vehicle parts.

He’s been charged with one count of supplying a dangerous drug and is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on September 9.

The pair are among 90 people who have been charged as part of the Taskforce Sentry operation.

“The Australian public can rest assured that the AFP and its partner agencies are committed to keeping the community safe,” AFP Assistant Commissioner Lesa Gale said.

“This taskforce aims to disrupt criminals who seek to profit from bringing illicit substances into Australia and protect Australians from the terrible social damage caused by drug abuse and addiction”.

WATCH: Body-worn camera vision of Taskforce Sentry drug and firearm seizures.