POLICE have dismantled three meth labs and seized a stockpile of machine guns, silencers and dangerous drugs following a series of raids on the Gold Coast.
The raids formed part of Operation Oscar Quantum and were led by officers from the Drug and Serious Crime Group, Taskforce Maxima, Gold Coast Police and the Australian Border Force.
Officers executed search warrants on four homes at Oxenford, Maudsland, Broadbeach Waters and Robina, and two businesses at Nerang.
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A clandestine laboratory, a commercial pill press, an illicit weapons manufacturing facilit, four fully automatic machine guns and three silencers were found secreted in a business on Lawrence Drive.
Equipment used in the production of fully automatic machine guns was also found at the address, including a 3D printer, lathes, drill presses and other tools.
A second much larger clandestine laboratory which police was capable of producing commercial quantities of crystal meth was found operating out of a business on Hilldon Court.
A replica handgun, a 45 calibre pistol, an air rifle, steroids, ammunition and pharmaceutical drugs were also found at the business.
Meanwhile, cannabis, GBH, steroids, a flick knife and amphetamines were found during the raids on the residential homes.
As a result, Five people have been arrested and charged including two young men from Oxenford, aged 20 and 22, who have both been charged with one count of producing a dangerous drug and six counts of possessing dangerous drugs.
Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker of the Drug and Serious Crime Group, State Crime Command said the closure of the operation was a testament to “good solid police work”.
“The closure of this operation is a testament to good solid police work, including the use of a number of strategies to identify the extent of this network and to locate the offenders,” Det. Supt Wacker said.
“We believe we have closed down a relatively sophisticated drug and firearms trafficking network distributing large quantities of methylamphetamine across the Gold Coast.
“The weapons seized are yet to be tested however weapons of this type have the capacity to fire hundreds of rounds of ammunition a minute.
“In the wrong hands they present as a significant threat to the public.”
Queensland Police say they will continue working closely with the Australian Border Force regarding the seized weapons and other items, which may result in the ABF laying charges for offences against Commonwealth border laws.