A CCC investigation dismantled an interstate network alleged to be producing and trafficking crystal methylamphetamine, or ice, in New South Wales and on the Gold Coast. Operation Gloss commenced in September 2013 and focused on the Queensland-based activities of the criminal syndicate.
The illicit methylamphetamine market is assessed by the CCC as the drug market that is causing the greatest harm to Queenslanders.
Since January 2016, a total of 11 offenders from Queensland and New South Wales have been arrested and charged with serious drug offences including trafficking, production and supply of dangerous drugs. The operation has also resulted in significant drugs seizures in both Queensland and New South Wales including cocaine, crystal methylamphetamine and precursor chemicals with a street value in excess of $3.9 million.
The principal target, a 53-year-old Gold Coast man with associations to several outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCGs) on the Gold Coast, has been charged with a total of 77 serious drug offences including the trafficking and production of ice, which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years’ imprisonment.
A 47-year-old Cowra (New South Wales) man (formerly of the Gold Coast) has been charged by NSW Police Strike Force detectives. It is alleged that at the time of his arrest this target was in the process of a “large commercial” production of ice, some of which was believed to be destined for distribution in Queensland. Both matters are progressing through the criminal justice system.
This investigation is ongoing with more arrests anticipated.