Drug importation and trafficking arrests at Gold Coast

Gold Coast detectives, supported by State Crime Command, Commonwealth and international partners have closed Operation Romeo Vigilant with the execution of nine search warrants in Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Robina, Currumbin Waters, Austinville and Varsity lakes.

It will be alleged the six-month operation has resulted in the seizure of more than 3kg of Methylamphetamines (ICE) valued more than $1million, cannabis, cash, GHB, an electric bike, a stolen 4.6m boat and trailer and other drug paraphernalia.

It will be further alleged the drugs were being imported from the USA and distributed throughout the Gold Coast.

As a result, 10 people have been charged with 40 offences including trafficking and supplying dangerous drugs, money laundering, importing a border restricted drug, possession of dangerous drugs, stealing, possession of drug utensils and possession of proceeds of a drug offence

Detective Inspector Brendan Smith from Gold Coast CIB said the negative impact of ICE within the community cannot be overstated.

“This operation has dismantled a significant criminal network and removed over 30,000 hits off Queensland streets,” Detective Inspector Smith said.

“This operation clearly demonstrates our ability to bring resources to bear on those involved in the supply of this insidious drug.

“Our efforts will continue, and offenders need to understand every opportunity to bring then before the court will be taken regardless of the location or time of day.”

Those charged will be appearing in the Southport Magistrates Court over the coming month.

Investigations are continuing.

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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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