Sting breaks crime ring
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.”