Gold Coast Police have busted wide open a $1.3 million criminal syndicate, tied up in drug trafficking. Detectives though do stress that this operation is not believed to have any links to bikie gangs.
Detectives working on Operation Moonshot arrested 55 people during 15 raids on the northern end of the Coast. Warrants were issued from as far north as Alberton and as far south as Worongary. Those arrested have been slapped with a combined total of 133 charges.
More than $600,000 worth of drugs, stolen vehicles worth around $500,000 and $300,000 in stolen power tools were all seized. Police are trying to track down the owners of the stolen items and hope to return them to their rightful owners. But the good news is the owners of some jet skis, trailers and vehicles have been traced to their owners and will be returned in the near future.
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Post bust, Detective Inspector Mark Thompson said they also located two commercial or medical-grade pill presses. These were used to make MDMA and other similar kinds of drugs.
Detectives also located six cars and the same number of jet skis, five boats, 13 trailers, five trail bikes and a Harley Davidson motorbike. Weapons were also seized.
Detective Inspector Thompson said they had successfully prevented 1kg of MDMA, 1.3 litres of GHB, close to half a kg of amphetamine and an amount of cannabis and steroids from making it onto the streets.
He said Police weren’t shocked to find as much as they did during raids. He said this operation had been running for a significant amount of time so they expected to find a large amount of items.
Detective Inspector Thompson couldn’t rule out further arrests, but he wouldn’t weigh in on whether or not there was a ringleader, only saying “that’s before the courts”.