Twenty-four people have been arrested and more than 40kg of marijuana has been seized after police closed a major cross-border drug trafficking ring operating in Australia.
The bust follows a protracted 12-month investigation targeting a large organised crime syndicate spanning three separate states.
It’s alleged the syndicate distributed commercial quantities of cannabis through the post from South Australia into Queensland and New South Wales.
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Police allege the members of the trafficking ring in NSW and Qld then on-sold the drugs to local distributors.
Twelve raids were conducted across Brisbane and the Gold Coast with 10 people being arrested.
A total of 8.3kg of cannabis and more than $160,950 in cash was seized.
At the same time, police raided 17 properties in Adelaide, resulting in 11 people being arrested.
Of the 11, the majority have been charged with drug trafficking, while five others have been charged with money laundering. More than $170,00 in cash, 16kg of cannabis and 46 marijuana plants were seized.
Meanwhile, police in NSW raided three properties in Sydney and at Tweed Heads. Three people were arrested at 16.6kg of cannabis was seized.
ABF Investigations Superintendent Matt Stock said the resolution of the operation was a significant step towards ensuring community safety and combatting the illegal drug trade.
“Working closely with Queensland Police and other agencies, our officers have worked tirelessly for over a year to effectively investigate and target this criminal group,” Superintendent Stock said.
“Our multidisciplinary team has provided operational, investigative and specialist trace detection leads. Looking at the many agencies involved, it really speaks volume as to how effectively we work together on both the state and federal level.”
Investigations are continuing and police say they are expected to make more arrests in the coming days.
The major operation involved officers from The Queensland Joint Organised Crime Task Force (QJOCTF), in conjunction with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) State Crime Command, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force, Australian Taxation Office, AUSTRAC, New South Wales Police, and South Australia Police.