Military-grade weapons, drugs seized in major cross-border Police operation

Two Gold Coast men are among five people arrested following a major cross-border Police operation with military-style weapons and drugs seized.

Police have been investigating the supply of drugs and guns across south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales since January.

That investigation culminated in raids across the Gold Coast, northern New South Wales and Victoria today.


Queensland Police stormed homes at Mudgeeraba, Highland Park and Ashmore seizing firearms and a pill press allegedly used to manufacture MDMA pills.

A 27-year-old man from Highland Park and a 36-year-old man from Mudgeeraba were arrested.

They will face Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday where New South Wales Police will apply for their extradition.

New South Wales Police executed two search warrants at Ballina and Lismore, seizing methylamphetamine, MDMA, firearms parts and cash.

A 28-year-old Ballina man was later arrested by heavily armed Police at a service station.

A man was arrested in Ballina as part of the operation | Image: NSW Police

Image: NSW Police

Victoria Police have also raided two homes as part of the operation, arresting a 27-year-old man at Abbotsford.

New South Wales Police Acting Superintendent Cameron Lindsay says they are very pleased with the result of the operation.

“We will now allege (they) have been involved in the large commercial supply of illegal drugs in this area,” Acting Superintendent Lindsay said.

“We will further allege that these men are involved in the supply of illegal weapons, illegal weapons and firearms that are consistent with military-grade firearms.”

Acting Superintendent Lindsay says Police are still sorting through the items seized but they are “extremely concerned” by the type of weapons and firearms located.

Detectives say they are still investigating exactly where the weapons have come from, including whether they were imported.

“There is no use for a firearm like this one that we’ve displayed today and we will now allege has been seized as part of this investigation. These firearms have no place in this area.”

Police say the drugs amounted to “hundreds of thousands of dollars” worth that had been moving across three states.

“I believe it’s going to make a big dent in this amount of supply.

“We’ll allege that these people were manufacturing drugs, they were making them for sale and we’re talking about large amounts.”

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