Closure of Operation Papa Hierarchy – drug trafficking network, South Brisbane and Bayside

Five people have been charged with drug trafficking as part of Operation Papa Hierarchy a protracted operation targeting organised illicit drug distribution, particularly methylamphetamine and cocaine in Brisbane’s southside and bayside suburbs.

The 18-month joint operation involved detectives from Cleveland Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) and State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Group.

Early yesterday (June 5) detectives executed five search warrants at addresses in Morningside, Fortitude Valley, Alexander Hills and Birkdale.

Police will allege that during the searches dangerous drugs including cocaine, methylamphetamine, heroin and cannabis were located along with approximately $300,000.00 in cash, eight vehicles with a value of approximately $227,000.00, phones, jewellery and gun cases.

A 32-year-old man from Morningside was charged with four counts of trafficking in dangerous drugs, three counts of possession dangerous drugs and one count of possessing property obtained from trafficking in dangerous drugs.

A 23-year-old man from Morningside was charged with four counts of trafficking in dangerous drugs, three counts of possession dangerous drugs and one count of possessing property obtained from trafficking in dangerous drugs.

A 23-year-old man from Fortitude Valley was charged with five counts of trafficking in dangerous drugs, one count each of possession dangerous drug, possession of drug utensil and unlawful possession of explosives.

A 26-year-old man from Birkdale was charged with four counts of trafficking in dangerous drugs and three counts of possession dangerous drugs.

All four men are appearing in the Cleveland Magistrate court today, June 6.

A 22-year-old woman from Fortitude Valley was charged with one count of trafficking in dangerous drugs. She is due to appear in the Cleveland Magistrate court on July 9.

Police will also allege the group has links to Comanchero Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Mooney, Officer-In-Charge of the Bayside CIB said Operation Papa Hierarchy would conclude today with police and SES personnel conducting two additional searches.

“Yesterday’s arrests have seen five people charged with drug trafficking and police seizing a significant quantity of drugs, cash and property. This has caused serious disruption to this network and additional charges are expected.”

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