Court update – 31 July 2018

A 56-year-old Gold Coast man, Steven Phillips, was sentenced in the Brisbane Supreme Court on 31 July 2018 to nine years imprisonment after pleading guilty to one charge of trafficking in a dangerous drug contrary to the Drug Misuse Act 1986. He will be eligible for parole in September 2020.

Court update – 30 October 2018

On 29 October 2018 Steven Lawson-Gioffre and Kelly McCammond were sentenced in the Supreme Court in relation to Operation Gloss.

Lawson-Gioffre received a head sentence of 7 ½ years’ imprisonment, with a parole eligibility date on 20 December 2020. 103 days of pre-sentence custody were declared. McCammond received a head sentence of 5 ½ years’ imprisonment, with a parole eligibility date on 28 January 2020.

Serious Drug Offence (SDO) certificates were issued in relation to both defendants.

Operation Gloss has been finalised. 

In 2013 a CCC covert investigation identified a criminal syndicate supplying drugs in Queensland and New South Wales.

This syndicate became the targets of a CCC led investigation codenamed Operation Gloss, commencing in September 2013. The operation, in partnership with New South Wales and Queensland police, resulted in significant drug seizures in both States, and the identification and dismantling of drug production facilities in both New South Wales and Queensland.

The CCC investigation focused on the Queensland-based activities of a criminal syndicate producing and trafficking crystal methylamphetamine, or ice, in New South Wales and on the Gold Coast.

The illicit methylamphetamine market is assessed by the CCC as the drug market that is causing the greatest harm to Queenslanders and Queensland communities.

The CCC contributes to Queensland’s overall crime-fighting effort through specialist resources in intelligence and investigation, a focused use of special powers, and close cooperation with other law enforcement agencies.

It has staff skilled in investigation, intelligence, forensic computing, law, information technology, forensic accounting, and surveillance and technical disciplines.

A total of 21 offenders from Queensland and New South Wales were arrested and charged with 243 charges relating to serious drug offences including trafficking, production, and supply of dangerous drugs.

The operation also resulted in significant drug 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 operation closed illicit drug manufacturing laboratories in both Queensland and NSW.

The principal target, a 53-year-old Gold Coast man with associations to several outlaw motor cycle 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 New South Wales man (formerly from the Gold Coast) was 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” quantity of ice, some of which was believed to be destined for distribution in Queensland.

Operation Gloss has been finalised.

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