Million-dollar marijuana bust near Toowoomba
POLICE have found about $1 million worth of marijuana hidden in a false cavity in the tray of a ute intercepted at Withcott near Toowoomba.
The sophisticated hydraulic-operated false cavity contained 200, one pound double cry-vac bags of cannabis.
It was travelling from South Australia.
The vehicle was pulled over on June 4 on the Warrego Hwy at Withcott.
The bust was part of Operation Mike Tyras, an eight-month long multi-agency operation targeting and dismantling a multi-million dollar commercial drug network operating throughout southeast Queensland.
Police charged a man over the cannabis yesterday.
"In association with our interstate partners we will continue to target these networks," Detective Inspector Lance Vercoe of the Drug and Serious Crime Group said.
"The Queensland Police Service is committed to reducing the negative impacts of dangerous drugs on our community and we will continue to dismantle these networks."
Yesterday investigators from the Drug and Serious Crime Group executed a search warrant on a Parkwood (Gold Coast) address where they located a 66-year-old man.
The man was subsequently arrested and charged with one count each of possession dangerous drug and possessing property suspected of being proceeds of an offence and two counts of things used in connection with a crime.
He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on August 3.
"Today's arrest was the result of ongoing enquiries with respect to those involved in the distribution of dangerous drugs identified during Operation Mike Tyras," Det. Insp. Vercoe said.