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CMC stages drug raids in Cairns

Daniel Bateman

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Cairns Post

BREAKING NEWS: Crime and Misconduct Commission raids on properties in Cairns and the Gold Coast have uncovered a widespread, bikie gang-related drug distribution network, stretching as far south as Melbourne.

Five people were arrested in the CMC raids, which were carried out with the support of police, on 19 drug related charges including trafficking and supply of dangerous drugs.

The raids were the final phase of an extensive covert investigation, Operation Warrior, which was a joint operation between the CMC and police in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales.

CMC director of crime operations Det Acting Chief Supt Ian Parsons said over the past year Operation Warrior had involved a large number of other raids, drug and cash seizures and arrests.

“Just last month the joint task force executed search warrants on 20 properties in Cairns, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne," he said.

“More than $650,000 in cash was seized, as well as large amounts of cannabis, precursor chemicals for the production of GHB (fantasy) and hydroponics equipment."

Since the operation began last year, a total 71 arrests have been made on 283 serious drug related charges, including 24 people for drug trafficking.

Investigators have uncovered $2.5 million worth of drugs including 2.5kg of methylamphetamine, 91kg of cannabis, 2.2kg of ecstasy, 1.3L of GHB, steroids and cocaine.

A drug production laboratory and two hydroponics cannabis grow houses were also located by the investigations.

More than $7 million worth of property including real estate, vehicles, a boat and $1.2 million in cash have been seized as a result of the operation.




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