Eight-month Coast police drug operation ends with 15 arrests
FIFTEEN people have been charged with 41 drug-related offences in an eight-month police operation aimed at halting drug crimes on the Sunshine Coast.
Operation Kilo Deacon has been hailed a success in disrupting an organised drug crime network operating from the Sunshine Coast District and involving senior Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang members and other OMCG groups across Queensland.
The operation was conducted by the Sunshine Coast Drug Enforcement Team, supported by officers from the State Crime Command.
During the operation, which officially ends today, police executed several 23 search warrants on OMCG residences and properties throughout South East Queensland, Central and North Queensland.
The raids resulted in 15 people being charged with 41 drug related offences, including five charged with drug trafficking, production of dangerous drugs and other drug and firearm related matters.
Operation Kilo Deacon began in October 2012, targeting the organised drug crime network run by the Rebels and their links with other OMCG groups.
Police have seized large quantities of amphetamines, methyl amphetamines, ecstasy, cannabis, as well as other items, including property and money.
A number of other assets, including motorcycles, have also been seized.
Sunshine Coast Crime Services Detective Inspector Dave Drinnen said the arrests will have a significant impact on the supply of dangerous drugs in the Sunshine Coast District.
"This operation has been an outstanding success and will have a significant impact on drug supply within the district and other major centres across the State," Inspector Drinnen said.
"This operation reinforces the involvement and role OMCG groups play in organised crime and how, through their extensive partnerships with other OMCG groups, they are able to engage in these illegal activities.
"Specifically, Kilo Deacon saw the Rebels, Black Uhlans and Outlaws working together in an organised network.
"The Queensland Police Service are committed to reducing the negative impacts of dangerous drugs on our community and we will continue to dismantle these networks," he said.
Police investigations are continuing.