Sting breaks crime ring

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

A COL­LAB­O­RA­TIVE and co-or­di­nated sting has ended with po­lice clos­ing a ma­jor drug net­work in South West Queens­land.

Op­er­a­tion Bar­racuda was co­or­di­nated by War­wick CIB and con­ducted with the as­sis­tance of Stan­thorpe CIB, Goondi­windi CIB, Toowoomba CIB, Tac­ti­cal Crime Squad Toowoomba, Bris­bane Dog Squad and gen­eral du­ties po­lice.

More than 30 search war­rants were ex­e­cuted be­tween Septem­ber 3 and Septem­ber 6 at lo­ca­tions across the re­gion, in­clud­ing Stan­thorpe, Goondi­windi, Al­lora, Kil­lar­ney, In­gle­wood, Tal­wood and Ley­burn.

It will be al­leged dur­ing the raids a sub­stan­tial quan­tity of methy­lam­phetamine and large amount of money were seized. Ap­prox­i­mately 45 peo­ple have been charged with 131 of­fences, in­clud­ing traf­fick­ing in dan­ger­ous drugs, pos­sess­ing, pro­duc­ing and sup­ply­ing dan­ger­ous drugs. All those charged will be ap­pear­ing in court later this month.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Lew Stro­hfeldt, of the Dar­ling Downs Crime Group, said this was an ex­am­ple of how a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort could work to stop crime in the com­mu­nity. “This col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween our squads and lo­cal po­lice con­tin­ues to iden­tify and dis­rupt peo­ple com­mit­ting of­fences across the re­gion,” De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Stro­hfeldt said.

“Our lo­cal com­mu­nity has pro­vided us with the in­for­ma­tion we need to tackle this net­work.

“Clearly, the peo­ple in the Dar­ling Downs do not want th­ese dan­ger­ous and de­struc­tive sub­stances in their towns and are work­ing with us to re­move them.”

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