Steroids seized, seven charged after south east Queensland raids
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Police destroy a front gate and a door as they seize illegal drugs in a series of raids around southeast Queensland: RAW VISION.
Police are claiming another victory in Queensland's war on steroids, with the state's anti-bikie taskforce charging seven people following a series of raids.
On Thursday Taskforce Maxima executed 10 raids on homes in the Logan, Gold Coast and inner Brisbane areas - as well as a Daisy Hill supplement store - as part of Operation Mike Crimson 2, which targets the distribution of steroids by the Lone Wolf bikie gang.
They seized 196 vials of steroids, 57 ecstasy tablets, cannabis, $3600 cash and other drug paraphernalia.
Taskforce Maxima police confront a man in one of 10 homes raided in Logan, the Gold Coast and inner Brisbane. Photo: Supplied
Seven people face 37 charges, including producing dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing controlled substances, possessing restricted drugs without prescription and failure to dispose of a syringe.
Taskforce Maxima Detective Inspector Brendan Smith issued a reminder that the law placed steroids in the same category as drugs such as heroin, cocaine and amphetamines.
"It is important the community understands that unlawful possession of steroids is a criminal offence and is treated in the same manner as other drug offences," he said.
A Taskforce Maxima detective takes part in a raid. Photo: Supplied
"They should not believe propaganda suggesting otherwise.
"Often these drugs are homemade or supplied without medical supervision which could have lasting impacts on the user's health.
The raids come a week after Inspector Smith told Fairfax Media steroid seizures were on the rise in Queensland and increasingly linked to outlaw bikie gangs.
Vials seized as part of Taskforce Maxima raids in Logan, the Gold Coast and inner Brisbane. Photo: Supplied
"Anecdotally, we're seeing more than what we did 12 months ago," he said. "Whether that's because we are becoming more effective I don't know but we're certainly seeing more seizures.
"Because of how we work, we're seeing a lot of (criminal motorcycle gang) participants and their networks involved in its manufacture."
Those charged on Thursday include:
A 25-year-old Crestmead man who has been issued with a notice to appear in relation to one count of producing a dangerous drug, three counts possession of dangerous drugs, fail to dispose of a syringe and two counts of possession things used in a crime.
A 29-year-old Crestmead woman who has been issued with a notice to appear in relation to possession of drug utensil.
A 26-year-old Augustine Heights man who has been issued with a notice to appear in relation 2 counts of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of a restricted drug and possession of a drug utensil.
A 32-year-old Chevon Island man who has been was issued with a notice to appear for five counts of possession of a dangerous drug and six counts of possession of a restricted drug.
A 20-year-old Parkinson woman who has been was issued with a notice to appear for possession of a restricted drug.
A 26-year-old Windaroo man who has been was issued with a notice to appear for possession of a dangerous drug and fail to dispose a syringe.
A 26-year-old Hawthorne man who has been was issued with a notice to appear for six counts of possession of a dangerous drug and two counts each of possession of a restricted drug and possession of things used in a crime.