Police close long running illicit drug operation in Brisbane

Detectives from Brisbane City Criminal Investigation Branch have this week closed a long running drug operation that has seen multiple arrests.

Operation Mike Cromwell has focused on a syndicate allegedly involved in the distribution of cocaine, methylamphetamines (including ice) and cannabis in both Brisbane and Townsville.

As a result of their investigations police have executed search warrants at residential addresses in Brisbane and Townsville.


Officers from the Townsville Drug Squad assisted with the closure and arrest of drug offenders

Detective Inspector Glen Farmer from City Valley Crime Group said: “It will be alleged a significant amount of illicit drugs were seized during the operation including ice, MDMA (Ecstasy), cocaine, cannabis, GHB and cash suspected from the sale of dangerous drugs.”

One of the men arrested, a 30-year-old from Brisbane, was charged with 41 offences including the alleged trafficking of methylamphetamine, cannabis and ecstasy. He appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday.

Over the course of the operation 40 people have been charged with a total of 145 offences including the trafficking, supply, and possession of dangerous drugs along with property and firearm offences. All are expected to appear in court in Brisbane and Townsville over the coming weeks.

Detective Inspector Glen Farmer said the closure of this operation was the culmination of eight months of investigation.

“Operation Mike Cromwell has successfully dismantled an organised drug trafficking syndicate that will have a significant impact of the supply of dangerous drugs in both Brisbane City and Townsville,” Detective Inspector Farmer said.

“As part of our ongoing efforts against dangerous drugs in our community we are urging people to report any suspicious activity to Crime Stoppers.”