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Operation Altana

Operation Altana, which finished in 2017, targeted a high-threat organised crime syndicate involved in the production, supply, and trafficking of crystal methamphetamine (ice) and cocaine on the Gold Coast.

It also involved distribution of illegal steroids sourced from Thailand. Major participants in the distribution network were alleged to have had links to the Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) on the Gold Coast.

In 2013, the CCC began a series of covert investigations, supported by coercive hearings, which identified several syndicates, with multiple and overlapping lines of drug supply into Queensland from New South Wales. These syndicates became the targets of three CCC operations identified as Gloss, Amulet and Altana.

Results

Operation Altana resulted in seven people being charged with 688 offences relating to alleged possession and trafficking of ice, cocaine, and cannabis on the Gold Coast.  While a number of the offenders have been dealt with through the courts for their involvement in the network, a number of the defendants are still before the courts.

The investigation also resulted in the location of a drug laboratory operating at Main Beach, on the Gold Coast, used for cutting and recrystallisation of ice.  Drugs with a wholesale value of over $250,000 were seized, however the drugs had a significantly larger street value after being cut, repackaged and sold.

Firearms and other weapons including a pump action shotgun, rifle, butterfly knife and a Taser were also seized.

Since 2013, CCC intelligence has confirmed organised crime is entrenched in the distribution of ice in Queensland and the market for this drug is growing, especially in regional areas.  The CCC has focused its investigations on ice because of organised crime involvement in its manufacture and distribution, as well as the widespread harm it causes the Queensland community.

Court update – 23 August 2018

Steven Seabrook, 57 years of age, was sentenced to five years imprisonment for the trafficking dangerous drugs; 12 months imprisonment in relation to supply charges (of drugs other than cocaine); 12 months imprisonment in relation to possession of nandrolone, testosterone, alprazolam, and 3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine, two years imprisonment in relation to the possession of an unregistered shotgun; and 12 months imprisonment in relation to the possession of the methylamphetamine. He was convicted and not further punished in relation to several other offences. All of those sentences are to be served concurrently and he is eligible to seek parole from 23 December 2019 - after serving 16 months.

Steven Seabrook also appeared before the Brisbane District Court indictment on fraud related charges, receiving six months imprisonment for fraudulent falsification of records, and 12 months imprisonment in relation to the fraud of a value greater than $30,000. While the two sentences from the District Court are concurrent, they are cumulative on the Supreme Court drug sentence.

Court update – 27 August 2018

Rachel Seabrook, 43 years of age, received 18 months imprisonment for five counts of supplying a dangerous drug and a further 12 months imprisonment for possession of cocaine and methylamphetamines, and two counts of possession of proceeds of a drug offence.  On both sentences, she was released on immediate parole.

Last updated: 18 September 2018

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