Police charge 20 suspects in drug busts

A HIGHLY-COORDINATED city-wide Ipswich police operation targeting drugs has resulted in 20 arrests and 60 charges.

Police drawn from across the Ipswich police district conducted raids on properties from Camira to Fernvale.

Ipswich CIB officer in charge Detective Senior Sergeant Gary Dixon said 40 plain-clothed and uniformed police conducted raids on 16 properties.

"We conducted the operation in relation to drug matters and as a result we arrested 20 people on 60 drug and property-related offences," Snr Sgt Dixon said.

"The raids were all over the Ipswich police district, from Camira to Fernvale.

"We obtained search warrants and executed them. Sixteen warrants were executed."

Operation Cleric, conducted on Wednesday, found cannabis, amphetamines and a hydroponic cannabis set-up was found in Churchill.

Among the 60 charges were one for trafficking a dangerous drug, four for supplying drugs and one for producing.

A sum of cash believed to be proceeds of crime was also found in one of the raids.

Snr Sgt Dixon said Operation Cleric was the result of information from Crime Stoppers and intelligence gathered by police.

"We received a fair bit of information at the same time about a number of persons," he said.

He said Operation Cleric was well-planned and designed to have maximum impact.

"It's something that's hard to plan for because there are so many staff involved. But it's just something we need to do," he said.

Anyone with information about drugs or any other illegal activity should contact Crime Stoppers on 188 000 333 or at crimestoppers.com.au.

Information can be provided anonymously and a reward may apply in cases where information leads to a criminal conviction.



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