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Boy, 12, used as drug mule: police

Police converge on Marie St, Goodna, during a massive drug bust. Photo: Paul Tully
Police converge on Marie St, Goodna, during a massive drug bust. Photo: Paul Tully Contributed
Detective Inspector Gary Dixon addressing the media at Yamanto Police Station as part of Operation Lima which also netted a quantity of drugs and suspected stolen goods. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times
Detective Inspector Gary Dixon addressing the media at Yamanto Police Station as part of Operation Lima which also netted a quantity of drugs and suspected stolen goods. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times Inga Williams

A GOODNA woman who is alleged to have used a 12-year-old boy as a drug courier was one of 49 people arrested on 160 drug-related charges across Ipswich and Brisbane.

Operation Lima Quantity, one of the biggest drug operations in recent Ipswich history, concluded yesterday.

Most of those arrested and charged were from Ipswich.

The operation began in November 2013 and culminated with police executing 33 search warrants in 48 hours.

The charges include the trafficking, supply, production and possession of dangerous drugs. Six offenders were in custody yesterday for trafficking methamphetamines and cannabis.

Investigations are continuing to identify property suspected of being stolen, that was located during the execution of the search warrants.

Acting Detective Inspector Gary Dixon said the operation had put a massive dent in drug trafficking in Ipswich, which included arresting the ringleader.

"We believe our main target is one of the biggest drug traffickers and suppliers in the Ipswich district," he said.

Insp Dixon was unable to go into the street value of the drugs involved, but he confirmed "amounts of methamphetamine and cannabis have been seized and support the evidence we have in relation to the trafficking of dangerous drugs".

Goodna's Toni Ann Ness, 42, faced charges in Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday for drug trafficking, drug possession, possessing drug utensils, and possessing anything used in the commission of a crime.

Ness did not apply for bail. The case was adjourned until Friday, August 22, and she will remain in custody until that date.

Ness, of Marie St, alleged to have been 'the main target' of the operation, had allegedly been using a 12-year-old boy to deliver the drugs she had been selling to other members of the community.

The 12-year-old boy is not related to her.

The Department of Communities has been briefed in relation to the child.

Insp Dixon said he thought the community would be "pretty devastated to think that a grown adult could use a child in such a fashion".

RICH PICKINGS: Suspected stolen property seized by police, on display at Yamanto Police Station, as part of Operation Lima Quantity which also netted drugs.
RICH PICKINGS: Suspected stolen property seized by police, on display at Yamanto Police Station, as part of Operation Lima Quantity which also netted drugs. Inga Williams

"He was given a quantity of drugs and took them from one place to another … numerous times," he said.

Police yesterday released vision of the house in Marie St being searched during the operation, and it is alleged that drugs were found.

The QT was told yesterday that activities in the street had long been a concern to residents. The house that was searched has cameras and spotlights at the front.

Police seized a wide selection of what is believed to be stolen property during the operation. The majority of the stolen property - including bracelets, rings, laptops, phones and cameras - was found in Goodna.

Insp Dixon said all involved in Operation Lima Quantity had done an outstanding job.

"The investigation team has put a lot of long, hard hours into working on this operation," he said.

"With the assistance from members of the community, we have been able to… charge people with trafficking in this area.

"If people in our community want to take part in this type of activity, we will do everything in our power to uphold the law."

RICH PICKINGS: Suspected stolen property seized by police, on display at Yamanto Police Station, as part of Operation Lima Quantity which also netted drugs.
RICH PICKINGS: Suspected stolen property seized by police, on display at Yamanto Police Station, as part of Operation Lima Quantity which also netted drugs. Inga Williams

 

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