A 24-month organised crime investigation that dismantled an interstate cocaine-trafficking syndicate was closed by the CCC in March 2016.
Operation Quaker targeted a syndicate that was allegedly transporting significant quantities of cocaine from Sydney to the Gold Coast, from where it was distributed throughout south-east Queensland.
The CCC’s 2015-16 Queensland Organised Crime Assessment identified cocaine as a high risk to the people of Queensland — due in part to the extent to which organised crime is involved in this market. As was demonstrated in Operation Quaker, an increasing demand for cocaine, especially within South-East Queensland, is likely to continue to attract organised crime groups attempting to establish a greater foothold in Queensland.
In total, 36 persons were charged in Queensland and New South Wales with over 300 offences, including the offence of trafficking. The operation also seized drugs with an estimated street value of $1.49 million. This included 1.1 kg of cocaine found during a vehicle intercept in Coffs Harbour in December 2014. It is alleged these drugs were destined for Queensland.