'20,000 hits' worth of ice seized in Queensland raids

Two kilograms of ice or 'a minimum of 20,000 hits' of the drug has been seized following police raids in Queensland.

The searches also uncovered seven high powered weapons, including a loaded handgun, and two silencers.

Sixty-five police officers and officers from the National Anti-Gang Squad were involved in raids early yesterday and today, as part of an operation which commenced last May.

It was set up to investigate the alleged trafficking of methylamphetamine by an alleged associate of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang in the Hervey Bay area.

Police say two kilograms of ice, meth oil and steroids have been seized. Source: Queensland Police.
Police say two kilograms of ice, meth oil and steroids have been seized. Source: Queensland Police.

Fifteen search warrants were executed at addresses in Hervey Bay and Maryborough, according to a Queensland Police statement.

Police will allege all of them are linked to the primary alleged offender.

The raids resulted in the seizure of two kilograms of ice, meth oil and steroids.

Police say seven high powered illegal weapons were seized. Source: Queensland Police
Police say seven high powered illegal weapons were seized. Source: Queensland Police

"The seizure of two kilograms of ice means a great deal to the community of Hervey Bay. That’s a minimum of 20,000 hits of ice that is not making its way into our community," Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Briese of Maryborough CIB stated.

Acting Detective Inspector Tim Leadbetter of Taskforce Maxima Protracted Operations stated, "Another seven illegal firearms seized during this operation including a loaded handgun and shotgun seized yesterday from a longstanding associate of the Rebels OMCG is a terrific win for the community.

"We thank the community for their ongoing support and continuing information about OMCGs and their crime networks."

Since May last year, Queensland police have charged over 30 offenders in relation to almost 90 charges as part of this operation.

Another eight people have now been charged, bringing the total to 38 people charged with more than 120 offences.

One of them was a 35-year-old Susan River man who is charged with possession of illegal weapons and trafficking in dangerous drug (ice).

Property worth $600,000 was also restrained by police, including a residence and motor vehicle.

In an unrelated search on the Gold Coast, police allegedly uncovered drugs, cash and exotic animals.



Police allege they uncovered four snakes during a Gold Coast search. Source: Queensland Police
Police allege they uncovered four snakes during a Gold Coast search. Source: Queensland Police

Police say they allegedly uncovered four snakes, an estimated value of $18,000 worth of methylamphetamine, a sum of cash and various drug utensils.

A snake handler was called in to remove two native pythons and two exotic American corn snakes from the property at Helensvale, according to a Queensland Police statement.

Police say a snake handler was called in to remove the reptiles. Source: Queensland Police.
Police say a snake handler was called in to remove the reptiles. Source: Queensland Police.

A 38-year-old Helensvale man is due to appear in court on the Gold Coast on February 16, charged with four counts of animal related charges and eight drug related charges.

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