40 people charged over drug and property offences, Gold Coast District

Police have charged 40 people following a day of action targeting drug and property offences across the Gold Coast District.

Detectives from the Gold Coast CIB, supported by members of the Gold Coast Rapid Action and Patrols group (RAP), executed 28 search warrants at Varsity Lakes, Tugun, Burleigh, Burleigh Waters, Currumbin, Palm Beach, Currumbin Waters, Chevron Island, Labrador, Ashmore, Southport, Coomera, Upper Coomera, Oxenford, Holmview, Ormeau and Pimpama this morning.

It will be alleged that the operation resulted in the location and seizure of a significant quantity of dangerous drugs, including; methylamphetamines (Ice), cocaine, cannabis, and steroids.

Police also allegedly located a stolen motorcycle, stolen watches, stolen diamonds, weapons (knuckledusters, a shorten shotgun and an electrical antipersonnel device), fireworks and other suspected stolen property and drug paraphernalia.

40 people have now been charged on 113 offences, including; break and enter, supplying dangerous drugs, producing dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs, unlawful possession of weapons, stealing, evade police and possession of property suspected of being stolen.

All are scheduled to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court over the coming month.

Detective Inspector Brendan Smith from Gold Coast CIB has warned that further arrests are expected.

“Those involved in drug and property crime need to understand; if they continue to offend they will be targeted,” Detective Inspector Smith said.

“We will come back as many times as it is necessary until their behaviour changes.

“The community expect us to do this and accordingly, we will be unrelenting in our efforts.”

Investigations are continuing.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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