A police officer removes drugs from one of the properties  raided yesterday.
A police officer removes drugs from one of the properties raided yesterday.

Dealer grabbed in drug sting

A TOOWOOMBA drug dealer was among 36 people arrested after police yesterday cracked a methamphetamine trafficking ring with links to outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Police raided 43 homes in Toowoomba, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast and charged 36 people with 82 serious offences in relation to the possession of drugs, money, firearms and clandestine laboratory equipment.

Officers seized drugs worth $250,000, $500,000 in cash and confiscated $2.6 million in assets subject to court proceedings.

The arrests completed the six-month operation and were executed by the Queensland Police Service, the Australian Federal Police with assistance of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

State Crime Operations Command State Drug and Property Crime Group Detective Superintendent John Pointing revealed the drug ring's link to motorbike gangs.

“(Yesterday's) operation has allegedly uncovered production and distribution links to four outlaw motorcycle gangs,” he said.

Police said the joint agency operation has dismantled a large methamphetamine trafficking network operating throughout the North Coast, Southern and South Eastern areas of Queensland.

North Coast Region Operations Coordinator Acting Chief Superintendent Ben Hanbidge said the operation demonstrated their approach to targeting the production, distribution and supply of illicit drugs.

“Amphetamines are quite simply dangerous and potentially lethal drugs,” he said.

“We are constantly working to prevent these and other illicit drugs from reaching the community and causing serious harm.

“This joint operation has demonstrated the effectiveness of multi-agency operations in targeting this insidious cycle.”

AFP Manager of the Brisbane office Commander Brian McDonald said the operation was a significant achievement.

“This is an exceptional outcome for law enforcement as it continues to work together to dismantle drug syndicates and prevent drugs from reaching the streets of Australia.”

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