Cannabis operations result in 47 charged with drug and weapons offences. Photo: Queensland Police Service
Cannabis operations result in 47 charged with drug and weapons offences. Photo: Queensland Police Service

Drug searches lead to 47 people on 163 charges

POLICE charged 47 people with 163 drug and weapons offences and seized almost $2.5 million in drugs and other items.

The seizures came as part of coordinated operations by the State Crime Command's Drug and Serious Crime Group.

In a week of operations starting on November 24, police carried out 53 search warrants across properties from the Sunshine Coast to Gladstone.

Police seize cash, marijuana and weapons in drug searches
Police seize cash, marijuana and weapons in drug searches

Officers located 18kg of dried marijuana, 593 cannabis plants and 26 hydroponic systems actively being used in drug production.

Police also seized weapons, marijuana oil and products, $10,000 cash and quantities of dangerous drugs.

The estimated value of the drugs and items seized throughout the operation so far is about $2.49 million.

Police seize cash, marijuana and weapons in drug searches
Police seize cash, marijuana and weapons in drug searches

A River Ranch man, 52, was arrested on six drug charges.

A River Ranch woman, 53, was also arrested on six drug charges.

Both are to appear in Gladstone Magistrates Court on December 16.

A Bargara man, 45, is to appear in Bundaberg Magistrates Court on January 13, facing six drug charges.

Police seize cash, marijuana and weapons in drug searches
Police seize cash, marijuana and weapons in drug searches

 

Drug and Serious Crime Group Detective Acting Superintendent Troy Pukallus said the operations had a significant impact.

"These operations have removed drugs, weapons and cash out of the hands of criminal networks," he said.

Police seize cash, marijuana and weapons in drug searches
Police seize cash, marijuana and weapons in drug searches

The Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) together with the Firearms and Cannabis Team and Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay Tactical Crime Squads also participated as part of Operation Pine.

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