Organised crime gangs are heavily involved in the drug ice, the Crime and Corruption Commission report states.
Organised crime gangs are heavily involved in the drug ice, the Crime and Corruption Commission report states. Contributed

Drug gangs targeting regional Qld: CCC

QUEENSLAND'S top crime fighting body has warned interstate and international drug gangs are targeting regional cities.

In its 2015-16 annual report released on Friday, the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission said major organised crime operations have made regional cities greater targets over the last four years.

"The demand for illicit drugs and the potential profits from supplying them has made Queensland an attractive market for interstate and international crime groups," the report said.

"Since 2012, there has been greater targeting of regional areas such as Toowoomba, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Townsville and Cairns, especially by interstate groups."

The CCC said organised crime was very highly involved in the spread of the drug ice across Queensland.

Similarly gangs were highly involved in the ecstasy, marijuana, heroin and cocaine markets and were beginning to target performance-enhancing drugs.

The CCC said it was continuing to target outlaw motorcycle gangs as well as boiler-room fraud and child pornography rings.

The report said Queensland-based gangs were increasing their activities in centres outside the state's south-east corner and beginning to work together.

"Our strategic assessments have shown that Queensland organised crime groups are collaborating with each other to facilitate criminal activity, and are pooling skills and resources to maximise market presence and profits," the report said.

"In the last performance period we observed increased activity in regional centres by both Queensland and interstate-based organised crime groups.

"Queensland organised crime groups are also extensively using and seeking out new technologies to operate more securely, quickly and efficiently, exploiting opportunities in the e-commerce environment to avoid law enforcement attention, and continuing to engage both professional and blue-collar facilitators."

The CCC said in 2015-16 it laid 655 charges against 81 people and seized an estimated $1.59 million of drugs.

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