More than 760kgs of MDMA, ICE and Cash has been seized in Logan, northern NSW and New Zealand following a major investigation into an international organised crime syndicate.
Six people, including a 26-year-old Logan man, have been charged as part of the multi-agency drug operation.
The Logan man appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning, where he was remanded in custody to reappear next month on charges of possession and supply of dangerous drugs whilst being a participant in a criminal organisation under the Queensland Serious and Organised Crime Legislation.
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Police executed a number of search warrants at homes in Loganlea and in northern New South Wales on Tuesday, where they seized a number of cars connected to the operation, approximately $108,000 in cash and a quantity of drugs.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker revealed the MDMA powder is the highest purity ever recorded in Queensland, with authorities believing the powder was destined for production into pill and capsule form to be sold across Australia.
“We believe the drug would have been diluted with other agents and had the potential to make between six and 12 million capsules, with a conservative value of $90 million” Detective Wacker said.
“This operation has been focused on targeting and dismantling this organised syndicate and is a culmination of the cooperative efforts of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, New South Wales Police Force, Australian Federal Police, New Zealand Police National Organised Crime Group, Australian Border Force, the Department of Home Affairs Intelligence Division and the UK National Crime Agency.”
In total, two UK citizens – a 51-year-old man and 40-year-old man – were arrested in Queensland and have been charged with drug possession and drug supply, along with the 26-year-old Logan man.
A 51-year-old woman was also arrested at Lennox Head and has been charged in NSW in connection with the money which was found during the raids, while an arrest warrant for a 42-year-old man from NSW has also been issued in connection with the investigation.
Additionally, New Zealand police have charged a 60-year-old man and a 49-year-old man, both UK citizens, with charges relating to the seizure of 200kg of methamphetamine.
Investigations are ongoing.