Allegations: Qld sex shops hid Synthetic cannabis ring

FIFTEEN people have been charged in a police operation investigating an alleged multimillion dollar drug operation selling synthetic cannabis from regional Queensland sex shops.

In January the owner of the Love Hearts adult store chain, David Andre Jules Piccinato, was extradited to Queensland from his Melbourne home.

Police claim Mr Piccinato was running Love Heart stores in Toowoomba, Mackay, Rockhampton and Bundaberg using computers directly linked to each store.

Mr Piccinato, 43, and Toowoomba Love Heart warehouse manager Selena Suzanne Bloomfield were mentioned in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.

Mr Piccinato and Ms Bloomfield face drug trafficking charges.

During Ms Bloomfield's committal mention it was revealed 15 people, including Mr Piccinato and Ms Bloomfield, have now been charged in the operation which police have dubbed Operation Mike Augment.

Police allege the Love Heart stores sold more than $2 million of the Full Moon synthetic cannabis brand under the counter at the stores across Queensland.

Ms Bloomfield's lawyer indicated she may apply for the matter to be transferred to the Toowoomba court at a later date.

Mr Piccinato was denied bail at an earlier hearing and remained in custody.

Although police had previously suggested laying more charges against Mr Piccinato, the court on Monday heard at this stage no further charges would be laid.

The cases were transferred to a major drug operations committal callover hearing in Brisbane on Friday, June 3.

- APN NEWSDESK



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