TWELVE people have been arrested and charged with more than 60 drugs and weapons offences following a series of police raids across southeast Queensland.
The raids formed part of Operation Marconi, established in September 2016 to target a criminal syndicate involved in distributing dangerous drugs, namely methylamphetamine, and the passing of counterfeit money.
Following a protracted investigation, police carried out eight simultaneous raids on properties in Brisbane, Logan and on the Gold Coast on Friday morning and arrested 12 people on 62 offences.
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During the operation, officers seized a stash of cash, drugs, and weapons, including a number of handguns.
Of the dozen arrested, two men have been charged with trafficking in Dangerous Drugs with the Circumstance of Aggravation (Participant in a Criminal Organisation).
Two others have been charged with making counterfeit currency and possession of counterfeiting instrument.
Acting Detective Superintendent Stephen Blanchfield of the Organised Crime Gangs Group said officers will continue to target those engaging in criminal activity and supply drugs, weapons and counterfeit currently in Queensland.
“The actions today are only part of the approach police take in stopping the distribution of drugs into our community,’ Acting Detective Superintendent Blanchfield said.
“We act throughout operations in efforts to disrupt these activities and we will pursue and prosecute offenders who choose crime as a business model.
“If you are engaging in these types of activity, we will find and prosecute you.”