Ten people charged as police carry out drug raids in Bundy
UPDATE: The supply of marijuana across Bundaberg and interstate has been disrupted now police have seized more than $150,000 worth of drugs, cash and cars as a result of a six-month operation targeting trafficking.
Ten people have been charged with 39 offences, including trafficking and supplying dangerous drugs, following the conclusion of Operation Kilo Privilege which uncovered $60,000 of marijuana and $40,000 in cash.
State Drug Investigation Unit Detective Inspector Mark White said the protracted investigation began in December and concluded with 10 raids performed across the region early this week.
"It involved looking at links down to the state of Victoria," he said.
Det Insp White said phase two of the operation wrapped up yesterday morning with the search of a Sharon property, as well as a Bundaberg West home where a methylamphetamine drug laboratory was allegedly found in a recycling wheelie bin.
"No person has been charged in relation to that equipment that has been located," he said.
Det Insp White said while the operation had come to a close, investigations were ongoing.
"There's a number of other persons we're conducting investigations on," he said.
"But the primary targets of this investigation have been apprehended."
A 55-year-old man from Victoria has been charged with one count each of trafficking and possessing dangerous drugs.
He has also been charged with the possession of things used in connection with drug trafficking, and six counts of supplying dangerous drugs.
A 58-year-old man, also from Victoria, has been charged with one count each of trafficking and possessing dangerous drugs.
A 39-year-old South Kolan man is facing 11 charges, including trafficking and supplying dangerous drugs and one count of possessing an explosive.
Officers have also charged a 45-year-old Bargara woman who is facing two counts of trafficking dangerous drugs with further charges pending.
A 39-year-old Avoca woman has been charged with two counts of trafficking dangerous drugs and one count of possessing things used in connection with trafficking.
Bundaberg Police Acting Inspector Joe Hildred said the outcome of the operation was pleasing.
"No doubt it will affect the supply of cannabis in the town," he said.
"It's very important people understand that if you are dealing in drugs ... eventually you will get caught and you will be facing jail time."
EARLIER: Drugs and property have been seized following a six-month operation targeting trafficking of cannabis and methylamphetamines within the Bundaberg region.
Five people have been charged with a string of offence Kilo Privilege.
Phase two of the operation was carried out this morning, when a Bundaberg West property as well as an address in Sharon were raided by the Brisbane Drug Squad.
State Crime Operations Command's State Drug Investigation Unit, with the assistance of officers from the Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), have this morning closed an operation focused on the trafficking and supply of cannabis and methylamphetamines in the Bundaberg district.
Yesterday, detectives executed four search warrants on properties in Childers, South Kolan, Avoca and Bargara.
Further search warrants were executed this morning.
Yesterday five people were charged in relation to this operation.
- A 55-year-old man of Echuca, Victoria charged with one count of trafficking dangerous drugs, one count of possession dangerous drug excess schedule, six counts of supply dangerous drugs and one count of possession of things used in connection with trafficking dangerous drugs.
- A 58-year-old man of Kyabram, Victoria man charged with one count of trafficking dangerous drugs, and one count of possession of a dangerous drug excess schedule.
- A 39-year-old man of South Kolan charged with one count of trafficking dangerous drugs, five counts of supply dangerous drugs, one count of possession of a dangerous drug excess schedule, one count of possession of an explosive, one count of possession of a utensil, one count of possession of a dangerous drug and one count of possession of things used in connection with trafficking dangerous drugs.
- A 45-year-old woman of Bargara, charged with two counts of trafficking dangerous drugs with further charges pending.
- A 39-year old woman of Avoca woman charged with two counts of trafficking dangerous drugs and one count of possession of things used in connection with trafficking dangerous drugs.
Police allegedly located quantities of cannabis, methylamphetamines, drug utensils, ammunition and cash during the raids.
Three vehicles were also seized as part of the investigation.
The investigation is still ongoing.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours a day.