THREE men and two women have been charged with a long list of serious drugs and weapons offences after police seized 64 grams of cocaine and 3.1 kilograms of psychedelic drugs in a major operation on the Gold Coast.
The arrests came after officers intercepted a white van packed with 3.1 kilograms of powder believed to be the psychedelic drug MDA – more stimulant and hallucinogenic than MDMA – in Ashmore on Monday night.
Police said officers also found a loaded shortened pump action shot gun in the van.
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The 36-year-old man behind the wheel was arrested, but not before he allegedly tried outrunning police with 64 grams of cocaine, a large stash of cash and several vials of steroids.
The man’s 31-year-old male passenger was arrested in Brisbane several hours later.
Officers then raided a shed in Southport which is alleged to have been used by both men.
During a search of the shed, officers allegedly found a “substantial” amount of chemicals used to produce dangerous drugs. A .45 calibre handgun was also allegedly found inside a car which was parked in the shed.
As a result of Monday’s searches, police yesterday executed a number of extra search warrants across the Gold Coast and allegedly seized stashes of heroin, methylamphetamine, cannabis, steroids and false identifications.
The trio was issued with notices to appear and will appear in court next month on drug and property offences.
The driver of the van intercepted on Monday night fronted Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday where he was refused bail and remanded in custody until August 25.
He’s facing a range of serious charges, including possess schedule 1 dangerous drug exceeding quantity in schedule 3 (cocaine), possess schedule 2 dangerous drug exceeding quantity in schedule 3 (MDA), possess dangerous drug, unlawful production of dangerous drug, two counts of possession of proceeds of crime, possession of shortened weapon (pump action shot gun) and possession of things used.
His passenger fronted Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday and was remanded in custody until September 4.
He has been charged with unlawful production of dangerous drug, possess schedule 2 dangerous drug exceeding quantity in schedule 3 (MDA), possess dangerous drug and possession of proceeds of crime.
Investigations into the discovery of the drugs and weapons are continuing.
Anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.