$60-million worth of drugs and cash seized in police raids

November 15, 2023 9:25 am in by

Police have seized 60 million dollars worth of cannabis, cash, vehicles and equipment following raids connected to a drug growing farm on the Fraser Coast last week.

On November 7 police raided the farm at Gungaloon and found more than 11,000 cannabis plants and 515 kilograms of dried cannabis bud.

They arrested and charged 11 people.

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Police drone footage of the drug growing operation at Gungaloon on the Fraser Coast

They also raided properties in Moreton, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Logan in connection to the farm.

They found half-a-million dollars cash, 90 kilograms of cannabis, 245 grams of cocaine, 350 grams of ice, and 126 grams of MDMA.

Seven people have been charged.

Detective Inspector Brad Phelps from the Drug and Serious Crime group said this operation has disrupted a major criminal syndicate.

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“It will be alleged that the Gungaloon farm has been operational for approximately 18 months and was producing several hundred kilograms of cannabis per week.

“We’ve seized a significant quantity of drugs, plants, cash, assets and equipment as a result of these raids.

“The reality is that these dangerous drugs were destined for sale to some of the most vulnerable people within our state and beyond.

“Now they’re out of the market, and those allegedly responsible will be brought to justice.”

“The resources and funding required to establish and run commercial cannabis production facilities of this scale is significant.

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“The seizure of over half a million dollars in cash along with significant assets provides an indication of the money generated by organised crime from cannabis production.

“The seizure of not only cannabis but ice, cocaine and MDMA in this investigation demonstrates that profit is the sole motivation for these criminal syndicates,” Detective Inspector Phelps said.


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