“Exceptional quality” drugs seized in Mary Valley
A SERIES of police raids at Amamoor, Brooloo and Tuchekoi have netted kilos of high grade dope, weapons, illegally held wildlife and cash.
Two women aged in their early 40s and eight men aged between 18 and 50 will appear in Gympie Magistrates Court over the coming weeks on a variety of drug and other charges, including producing a dangerous drug and possessing a dangerous drug.
The biggest haul from the operation was from a private property in the lush Amamoor Creek area on Friday, where police found and seized 114 mature cannabis trees - some as high as 1.8m and of "exceptional quality" - and almost 1.8kg of high grade, dried cannabis head.
Acting Sergeant of the Imbil Police station Bill Greer said the trees were scattered about the property, and more than 20 other smaller specimens were found in a hydroponic set-up where they were obviously grown to a certain height before being planted out in the paddock.
The three-day Operation Imbil Heidi primarily targeted drug offenders, Act Sgt Greer said.
Four search warrants were executed over three days - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
The raids involved officers from the Imbil station, Wide Bay District Tactical Crime Unit, Sunshine Coast District Tactical Crime Unit, Kenilworth police, Gympie CIB and Gympie Child Protection Investigation Unit.
Act Sgt Greer said 10 people had since been charged with a total of 20 offences, with seven of those arrested facing a total of 15 drug related offences.
The trees that were pulled out at the Amamoor Creek property had the ability to produce a large quantity of high grade cannabis, he said.
A rifle, snake and items used in connection with a dangerous drug were also taken by police.
The drugs were taking up a large part of the Gympie police station enclosed vehicle bay yesterday morning, but were expected to be destroyed once an analysis was completed.