45 CHARGED: Warwick police stamp out 'major drug network'
AN UNDERGROUND drug lab, firearms and a "substantial quantity of ice” were uncovered during a major three-day drug operation across the Southern Downs.
About 45 people have been charged with 131 offences, with police claiming this week's coordinated operation shut down a major drug network in south-west Queensland.
Offences including drug trafficking and supplying, producing and possessing dangerous drugs.
More than 30 search warrants were executed by police between Monday and Wednesday at locations within the Warwick patrol group including Goondiwindi, Allora, Killarney, Inglewood, Stanthorpe, Talwood and Leyburn.
Operation Barracuda was coordinated by Warwick CIB and conducted with the assistance of Stanthorpe, Goondiwindi and Toowoomba CIBs, Tactical Crime Squad Toowoomba, Brisbane Dog Squad and general duties police.
It will be alleged during the raids ice and a large amount of cash were seized.
Two concealable firearms were allegedly found at a Warwick property with an operational boxed lab, which allegedly contained chemicals and glassware "capable of producing a substantial quantity of dangerous drugs” also uncovered.
Police say a quantity to dried marijuana and a hydroponic setup were located in a house above a business in Warwick CBD.
Detective Inspector Lew Strohfeldt of the Darling Downs Crime Group said this was an example of how a collaborative effort could work to stop crime in the community.
"This collaboration between our squads and local police continues to identify and disrupt people committing offences across the region for a range of criminal offences,” Detective Inspector Strohfeldt said.
"Our local community has provided us with the information we need to tackle this network and get these drugs off the street.
"Clearly the people in the Darling Downs do not want these dangerous and destructive substances in their towns and are working with us to remove them.”
Those facing charges are due to face court later this month.