Major cocaine-trafficking syndicate shut-down

A syndicate that was allegedly transporting significant quantities of cocaine from Sydney to the Gold Coast has been dismantled by the Crime and Corruption Commission.

The investigation, dubbed Operation Quaker, has been ongoing for two years and has resulted in 31 people being charged in Queensland and another four charged in NSW.

During the course of the operation, drugs with an estimated street value of $1.49 million were seized, including 1.1kg of cocaine found during a vehicle intercept in Coffs Harbour in December 2014.


The CCC’s Acting Executive Director, Crime, Michael Scott said the investigation has shut-down a supply chain of illicit drugs.

“The cocaine market has also been assessed by the CCC to be a high threat to Queensland because of the involvement of organised crime. An increasing demand for the illicit drug, especially within South East Queensland, is likely to continue to attract organised crime groups attempting to establish a greater foothold in Queensland.”