TWENTY-five alleged meth dealers have been arrested following a major police operation targeting a large-scale drug trafficking ring operating in outback Queensland.
Sixty police officers from right across Queensland travelled to the state’s southwest this week where they carried out a series of dawn raids on properties at St George, Surat, Dirranbandi and Roma on Wednesday.
The operation comes two-years after Operation Oscar Kohl was formed to target the production and trafficking of crystal methylamphetamine (ice) in and around St George.
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Wednesday’s raids netted 25 people on more than 170 drug-related charges but police say more arrests are likely.
Police say most charges related to trafficking, supplying and possessing crystal methylamphetamine.
A number of vehicles, ice, cannabis, drug utensils and electronic equipment were also seized during the operation.
Those charged are all due to appear in the Roma, St George and Dalby Magistrates courts over the coming months.
Police say the operation is ongoing and more arrests are likely to be made in the coming weeks.
Detective Inspector Paul Hart said the prevalence of methylamphetamine was savaging regional communities.
Detective Inspector Hart said the significant number of arrests made in the St George area today had disrupted a major drug syndicate and would dismantle its local business model.
“Ice is an insidious drug which has a devastating effect on communities, particularly those in remote and rural areas with limited access to support services,” Detective Inspector Hart said.
“We made a commitment to local members of the community to address the drug issues in the area, and the closure of this operation will inject some much-needed confidence back into the community.
“While it is a satisfying result for all of the dedicated police involved, we have more work to do and we will continue to target those engaging in criminal activity and the supply of drugs across the District.
“As part of our policing response to combat the issue, officers will also continue to work with various local organisations and schools, focusing on deterrence and rehabilitation.”
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