Woman charged after series of drug raids across Gold Coast

A WOMAN has been charged with a string of drug offences after police executed a series of search warrants in Southport and Broadbeach, targeting the importation of 1,4 Butanediol.

1,4 Butanediol, also known as ‘Bute’, can be converted to gamma-hydroxybutyrate, commonly known as GHB or Liquid Fantasy.

During the raids on Tuesday and Wednesday, police seized a large amount of the chemical, along with cash, drug utensils and mobile phones.


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A 53-year-old Southport woman was arrested and charged with a number of offences including possessing dangerous drugs, supplying relevant substances and possessing relevant substances.

She was also charged with possession of property suspected of being the proceeds of an offence under the Drugs Misuse Act and other drug related offences.

The woman is due to appear in Southport Magistrate Court on 16 February.

Major and Organised Crime Squad Detective Senior Sergeant Ian Galpin said 1,4 Butanediol can cause significant harm or even death if ingested.

“In partnership with the Australia Border Force, our investigations have resulted in approximately 50 litres of 1,4 Butanediol, intended for the Gold Coast, being seized,” he said.

“The targeted enforcement of individuals supplying and trafficking 1,4 Butanediol is a priority due to the significant harm it causes within the community.

“It is extremely easy to overdose on and its use may lead to death. The difference between survival and a fatal overdose can be very small,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Galpin.