The Courier-Mail

Assets seized in $1m drug bust

Whitsunday tourists fuelled demand

- THOMAS CHAMBERLIN

AN ALLEGED drug kingpin dealing “ice ” and marijuana used a segway to do business in the party town of Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday area, detectives allege.

Police yesterday seized about $1 million worth of drugs and charged 29 people with traffickin­g following a yearlong investigat­ion in the Mackay and Whitsunday areas.

The alleged kingpin Leon Gary Cremor had assets seized including two high-end sports cars, a motorcycle, jet ski, $150,000 of jewellery, $79,000 in computers and $80,000 of household goods. Police said the operation had so far netted 14kg of marijuana, 500g of ice (crystal methamphet­amine) and 370 ecstasy tablets.

Three rifles and a taser stun gun were also found by police.

Police will allege Cremor, who has registered an Airlie Beach lawn-mowing business, had been dealing drugs over a lengthy period, with supplies brought in from southeast Queensland and Sydney.

They allege he was involved in traffickin­g drugs in the Whitsunday area. The majority of drugs found in the operation were in his possession, police will allege. He was remanded in custody yesterday.

Partygoers flying into both Proserpine and Hamilton Island airports had fuelled the demand for drugs in the region, sources said.

More than 100 police were involved in the operation, including the Special Emergency Response Team and officers from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Taskforce Maxima Detective Inspector Terry Lawrence said there were no links to bikies but those charged had links to crime gangs. The investigat­ion has led to 57 people arrested on 277 charges,

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