Detectives from the Mackay Tactical Operations Team last week closed a major and protracted investigation, seizing drugs, cash, guns and luxury cars.
As a result of the raids, police located and seized 1.7kg of methylamphetamine, 6 ounces of MDMA, 13 grams of Cocaine, 500g of Cannabis, various steroids, methylamphetamine production lab equipment, in excess of $100,000 in cash, a number of rifles and handguns and several luxury cars and motorcycles.
Operation Romeo Suitcase targeted a major drug syndicate based in Mackay, with its network and operations extending from Gold Coast to Cairns and the drug syndicate also having links to Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.
As part of the operation on March 15, detectives arrested and charged a Gold Coast man with drug trafficking, following a raid at his residence.
This man is alleged to be part of the criminal network investigated by Mackay detectives and also alleged to be the president of the Finks Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Gold Coast chapter.
On March 30, officers arrested the alleged main targets of this operation through a series of raids across the Mackay District.
A 30-year-old Shoal Point man has been charged with two counts of trafficking, three counts of supplying, one count of possess proceeds of drug offence, two counts of unlawful possession of weapon, various other related drug offences.
A 26-year-old Shoal Point woman has been charged with two counts of trafficking, five counts of supplying, two counts of unlawful possession of weapon, one count possessing the proceeds of drug offence and various other related drug offences.
A 26-year-old North Mackay man has been charged with one count of trafficking dangerous drugs, 11 counts of possess dangerous drug, one count of possess proceeds of drug offence and four counts of unlawful possession of weapon
A 30-year-old Rural View man has been charged with one count of trafficking in dangerous drugs, two counts of possess dangerous drugs and one count of possess proceeds of drug offence.
A 30-year-old Gold Coast man has been charged with one count of trafficking in dangerous drugs, three counts of supplying dangerous drug and one count possess things used in commission of drug offence.
The alleged heads of the drug syndicate were all arrested and charged with drug trafficking along with a series of other related offences and are due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court today.
The closure of the major drug operation will have a significant impact on the availability and supply of methylamphetamine in not only the Mackay area, but across Queensland.