Crime network smashed: 33 people face 276 charges
A DRUG and crime network operating across the Southern Downs has been smashed after 23 properties were raided over a four-day period.
A hydroponic cannabis set-up and an amphetamine stash worth more than $10,000 has been dismantled and seized by police working under Operation Portal.
The extensive operation, targeting drug and crime networks, involved detectives from the Drug and Serious Crime Group, and the Warwick, Stanthorpe and Goondiwindi Criminal Investigation Branch.
The operation resulted in the arrest of 33 people on 276 charges ranging from unlawful possession of firearms, trafficking and supply of dangerous drugs, production and possession of dangerous drugs, armed robbery and receiving stolen property.
As part of the operation, two men were arrested at a Lyons St home where police allege they found amphetamine valued at more than $10,000 and $19,000 in cash.
A Warwick man, 20, was charged with trafficking of dangerous drugs, possession of property suspected of being proceeds, possession and supply of cannabis and amphetamine and possession of things used in connection with drug supply.
A Warwick man, 23, was charged with possession and supply of cannabis and amphetamine, and possession of things used in connection with drug supply to appear at the Warwick Magistrates Court on November 23.
A 36-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man from Warwick were both charged with the trafficking of cannabis and amphetamine, and the possession and supply of cannabis and amphetamine.
All four are due to appear in the Warwick Magistrates Court on November 23.
A Stanthorpe man, 37, was charged with producing cannabis, possessing cannabis and possessing things used in the commission of a crime.
He is due to appear in the Stanthorpe Magistrates Court on November 27.
Co-ordinated by the Major and Organised Crime Squad Rural over four days, Operation Poral saw 25 officers executed 23 search warranted on urban and rural properties from Nobby to the border town of Eukey.
Warwick CIB Officer-in-Charge Detective Sergeant Darren Tamblyn said the operation was a great outcome for the community and removing drugs only happens when members of the public report criminal behaviour.
"It is important to focus on the disruption of drug and crime networks in our rural communities" Detective Sergeant Tamblyn said.
Originally published as Crime network smashed: 33 people face 276 charges