FORTY-nine people have been arrested and charged with almost 200 drug offences following an eight-month police operation across southeast Queensland.
Detectives from the Brisbane City Criminal Investigation Branch wrapped operation Papa Checkmate this week with a number of raids across the capital and the Gold Coast.
The operation was set up to target the importation and trafficking of dangerous drugs in the two cities.
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Throughout the operation, police allegedly seized MDMA pills and powder, cannabis, cocaine, LSD, cash, and property worth a substantial amount of money.
Three people faced Brisbane and Southport Magistrates courts on Tuesday, charged with drug trafficking.
One of the three was a 27-year-old Southport man. He was charged with four drug-related offences.
A 21-year-old man from Mount Cotton also appeared on 16 charges, while a 28-year-old from Carina appeared on eight.
Detective Inspector Glen Farmer said the operation had been a great success, resulting in the removal of dangerous drugs from the local community.
“These seizures and arrests will have a significant impact on the distribution and sale of dangerous drugs within the Brisbane area,” Detective Inspector Farmer said.