Police have this week closed a major operation focused on drug traffickers using the internet to advertise and facilitate the distribution of dangerous drugs throughout Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Operation North Seamonk commenced in June 2015 by the State Drug Squad as part of a concerted effort by the Queensland Police Service to target the increasing problem of drug trafficking through the use of the internet.
The operation closure incorporated the execution of 21 search warrants across Brisbane and the Gold Coast on Wednesday and Thursday this week.
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Over 60 police officers from the Drug and Serious Crime Group, Brisbane Region and Operations Support Command provided support for this enforcement action.
A total of 27 people were yesterday charged with 105 offences including five charges of trafficking dangerous drugs and 35 charges of supply dangerous drugs. Small quantities of drugs including methylamphetamine, MDMA, LSD and cannabis were also seized during the enforcement action.
A sophisticated hydroponic cannabis growing system containing approximately 221 cannabis plants valued at approximately $1.1m was also located at a Redbank Plains address.
Approximately $1.12m worth of drugs including methylamphetamine, MDMA, LSD and cannabis and $10,000 worth of assets and cash have been seized as part of the operation.
“This has been a unique operation where police have targeted the internet to disrupt criminal networks using this medium for drug supply,” Detective Superintendent Wacker of State Crime Command’s Drug and Serious Crime Group said.
“We have allegedly identified people as young as 15 distributing dangerous drugs in this way and we are greatly concerned that these sites are easily accessible to school aged children.
“With Schoolies celebrations now upon us, we will be vigilant in our efforts to target those who use these internet sites to buy and sell these drugs.”
Investigations are continuing with a number of further arrests expected.