Detectives from the Drug and Serious Crime Group executed a search warrant on November 7 at a property at Gungaloon, about 230km north of Brisbane, where they allegedly located a significant cannabis farm.
The raid uncovered 11,118 cannabis plants at the property along with 515kg of dried cannabis buds.
The discovery prompted further property searches across south-east Queensland and 18 people have been arrested and charged.
Detective Inspector Brad Phelps said the operation had disrupted a major criminal syndicate that had invested significant resources into establishing the alleged cannabis growing operation.
“It will be alleged that the Gungaloon farm has been operational for approximately 18 months and was producing several hundred kilograms of cannabis per week,” Det-Insp Phelps said.
Police arrested 10 people at the Gungaloon property with another man attempting to leave the scene but was tracked down by the dog squad a short time later.
All 11 people have been charged with one count each of producing dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs and possessing items used or for use in the commission of crime.
They have all been remanded in custody and are expected to reappear at Maryborough Magistrates Court on January 23.
Police went on to execute 10 search warrants across Brisbane, Moreton, Sunshine Coast and Logan districts where they located $521,000 in cash, 90kg of cannabis, 245g of cocaine, 350g of ice and 126g of MDMA.
Seven people have been charged with 47 drug related offences.
Det-Insp Phelps said the searches triggered by raiding the Gungaloon property showed an alleged criminal syndicate focused on profiting from supplying dangerous drugs to vulnerable people.
“The seizure of over half a million dollars in cash along with significant assets provides an indication of the money generated by organised crime from cannabis production,” he said.Jump to next article