Closure of major drug operation, Northern Queensland

Detectives from the State Crime Command Major and Organised Crime Squad (MOCS Northern) based in Townsville have closed a 12-month long drug operation targeting the trafficking of drugs in North Queensland.

Operation Quebec Ire was launched in May 2018 and culminated yesterday in the execution of 20 search warrants on properties in Bowen, Collinsville, Mackay, Sarina and Ayr.

Officers from MOCS (Northern) were assisted by local police officers and the investigation has disrupted and dismantled a sophisticated drug syndicate which has been impacting the North Queensland community.

It will be alleged that the syndicate leader was based in Bowen and was responsible for directing a network throughout Queensland as well as interstate.

A total of 26 people have been charged with over 100 offences including four people charged with drug trafficking.

Three people appeared in the Bowen Magistrates Count yesterday and have been remanded in custody.

A further 18 people have been issued with notices to appear for numerous drug offences and are due to appear in Bowen, Collinsville and Mackay Magistrates Courts at a later date.

Five other people were issued with notices to appear before the courts earlier in the operation.

During the search warrants, police uncovered around 60 grams of methylamphetamine, a quantity of cannabis plants and seeds as well as over $25 ,000 in cash, two firearms, knuckledusters a flick knife and pepper spray.

It will be further alleged that a clandestine laboratory was located as a property in Bowen as well as two hydroponic cannabis production sites.

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