Police close drug trafficking operation

Detectives from the Northern Major and Organised Crime Squad (MOCS) have closed an operation targeting the suspected trafficking of illicit drugs.north drugs bust

Operation Papa Orthograde began in March this year and identified a number of people allegedly involved in a drug trafficking syndicate operating between North and South-East Queensland.

Over the past two days, officers from the Townsville Tactical Crime Squad, Northern MOCS and Brisbane’s Drug and Serious Crime Group finalized the operation, which saw 32 people charged with 151 drug-related offences.

Drugs with a street value more than $1million were seized and included Ice, MDMA, cocaine and cannabis.

During the investigation police also seized a quantity of cash and weapons.

All of those charged will appear in the Townsville Magistrates Court over the next month.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mick Walker of the Northern Major and Organised Crime Squad sys officers will continue to target those engaging in criminal activity in Queensland.

“The actions this week are only part of the approach police take in stopping the distribution of drugs into our community. This result is a testament to the collaboration between police and the community – we cannot fight this issue alone.”

“We act throughout operations in efforts to disrupt these activities and we will pursue and prosecute offenders who choose crime as a business model.”