Police allege they seized the drug ice on the Sunshine Coast during an operation targeting drug and property crime.
Police allege they seized the drug ice on the Sunshine Coast during an operation targeting drug and property crime. Contributed

55 charged, $300k plus drugs and weapons seized

POLICE say they have seized or secured $2.5 million in property, boats, vehicles, cash, drugs and weapons in a major investigation centred on the Sunshine Coast drug trade.

Detectives from the Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigation Branch began working on the investigation in December last year with their efforts culminating this week in more than 200 charges being laid against 55 people.

The majority of the arrests occurred on the Sunshine Coast but others were made in the Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Lockyer Valley and Ipswich regions.

Police allegedly seized more than $300,000 in cash, as well as methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, MDMA, steroids and pharmaceuticals as well as 59 guns.

Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Daren Edwards said those arrested were a part of a drug syndicate.

"These persons are all linked to each other in some form, predominantly with the supply to traffickers who are moving between those districts,” Detective Senior Sergeant Edwards said.

He said arrests were made across the Coast but some of the main targets were in the Sunshine Beach area.

"What has been obvious to us was the amount of stolen property that appears to have been used in exchange for the supply of drugs.

"Also, what is alarming is the number of handguns and firearms that were also located in the possession of these people.”

Most of the Sunshine Coast people charged are due to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on November 7 and Noosa Magistrates Court on November 8.



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