Qld police destroy major drug trafficking syndicate, 32 arrested

Queensland Police have closed a major operation targeting a drug syndicate trafficking ICE, MDMA, cocaine and cannabis.

The operation, dubbed ‘Operation Papa Orthograde’ began in March this year and identified a number of people allegedly involved in a drug trafficking syndicate operating between Townsville and South East Queensland.

Over the past two days, officers finalised the operation, which saw 32 people charged with 151 drug-related offences.


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Drugs with a street value in excess of $1 million were seized along with a quantity of cash and weapons.

PHOTO: Supplied – Qld Police

All of those charged will appear in the Townsville Magistrates Court over the next month.

PHOTO: Supplied – Qld Police

Detective Senior Sergeant Mick Walker of the Northern Major and Organised Crime Squad said officers will continue to target those engaging in criminal activity in Queensland.

“The actions this week are only part of the approach police take in stopping the distribution of drugs into our community,” Detective Senior Sergeant Walker said.

“This result is a testament to the collaboration between police and the community – we cannot fight this issue alone.

“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.”