Source: Bayside Bulletin
Police have cracked an organised drug network with interstate links trafficking high quality dangerous drugs allegedly operating from houses in Redland Bay and Victoria Point.
The drugs allegedly trafficked into Queensland via Melbourne and Sydney had an estimated street value of $10million and were destined for nightclubs in the South East Queensland nightclubs.
Police swooped on a house in Point Halloran Road, Victoria Point, after arresting a 27-year-old Victoria Point man at Brisbane Airport on March 26. He is alleged to have been carrying one kilo of ice, or crystallised methylamphetamine, in his hand luggage.
The man 34-year-old brother was arrested at the Victoria Point house, where police found 2kg of crystallised methylamphetamine along with 4000 MDMA pills and a large quantity of cash.
MDMA pills have a street value of up to $35 each, and the pills were tested to be 70 to 80 percent pure.
On the same day, police raided a house in Scott Street, Redland Bay. A 19-year-old man was subsequently charged with possession of 1kg of crystallised methylamphetamine along with a large wad of cash stashed in his wardrobe.
Police claim the Redland drug ring was part of an organised drug network.
State Crime Operations Commands Detective Superintendent Steve Holahan told a press conference yesterday the Redland addresses were used as drug storage sites that were connected to large drug suppliers in Melbourne and Sydney, where two 36-year-old men were arrested yesterday.
Both men are due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court today. Det Supt Holahan said the arrests were made after State Drug Investigation Unit detectives raided houses in suburbs across Redland city yesterday, including Thornlands and Birkdale, to find the source of the drugs during the 19-month Operation Juliet Cheshire.
“We were very surprised at the age of many people that were caught, many were young including the 19-year-old man,” he said.
He said the operation heavily focused on the distribution of the drugs in Brisbane nightclubs. “(The supply and demand of the drugs) is probably a reflection on the culture of society, particularly young people, they’re certainly not risk adverse,” he said.
“(Clubbing) is one of those environments where you can meet hundreds of people (drug dealers). We’re trying to disturb the distribution so it doesn’t end up in the hands of young people.”
The operation resulted in a total of 89 people charged on 352 offences, including 40 charges of trafficking dangerous drugs.
Police have cracked an organised drug network with interstate links trafficking high quality dangerous drugs allegedly operating from houses in Redland Bay and Victoria Point. File Photo
The two men from Victoria Point and the Redland Bay man will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on May 6, charged with drug trafficking, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of the proceeds of crime.