Yatala shipping container raided as part of cross-border drug operation

Police have swarmed a shipping container in Yatala as part of a massive drug bust involving Queensland and New South Wales Police.

Detectives raided the container overnight after being tipped-off that drugs were allegedly being trafficked from Sydney to Brisbane yesterday.

During the search, police seized cash, a mobile phone, 130kg of cannabis, 1.5kg of cocaine and 2000 litres of chemicals which have been taken for forensic examination.


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“The combined estimated potential street value of the seizure totalled $4.5 million,” police said.

PHOTO: NSW Police

A 30-year-old man was arrested at a home in Eight Mile Plains and charged with two counts of possession of a dangerous drug, possession of things used in connection with an offence against the Drugs Misuse Act and tainted property.

Another man, aged 24, was also taken into custody after police stopped a Hino Pantech truck on the Pacific Highway at Kew.

During a search of the truck, officers uncovered mobile phones and $476,000 hidden in an external lockable box on the vehicle.

Cocaine was also seized from a business in Smithfield, with the man charged with supply prohibited drug and knowingly deal with the proceeds of crime.

“It will be alleged in court that the man travelled to Queensland from Sydney to supply prohibited drugs,” police said in a statement.

PHOTO: NSW Police

He was refused bail to appear at Port Macquarie Local Court today.

Police said the latest bust is part of ongoing operations to “disrupt and dismantle the sale and supply of drugs between states by individuals connected to the Comancheros Outlaw Motorcycle Gang”.

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