VIDEO: 57 people charged with drug offences in Mackay region
TASKFORCE Maxima detective inspector Terry Lawrence said the total drug haul included 14kg of cannabis, over 460g of ice and 18 cannabis plants - the majority of which were found in the Whitsundays.
He said there was also a significant amount of property amounting to the "proceeds of crime", including two high-end sports cars, $150,000 worth of jewelry, $79,000 worth of computers, $80,000 worth of household goods and quantities of cash.
ABOUT 100 search warrants have been executed over the past 48 hours in the Whitsundays and Mackay area which has seen more than 50 people charged with numerous offences.
Taskforce Maxima and police from the Mackay District have arrested and charged those people with drug related offences including trafficking and supplying dangerous drugs as part of operations Lima Quiz and Lima Duet.
The operations were commenced in May 2014 and targeted the trafficking and sale of dangerous drugs in the Mackay and Whitsunday areas.
Items allegedly seized as a result of the raids include a significant quantity of ice, MDMA pills, cannabis and cocaine, a large quantity of cash, jewellery and vehicles.
At this stage, 57 people have been charged with over 277 charges including drug trafficking, production, supply and possession of dangerous drugs.
Detective Inspector Terry Lawrence of Taskforce Maxima said that that the operations have seen a significant amount of drugs kept off the street.
'We want to make sure that those who are engaging in the sale and movement of these drugs in Queensland are put before the courts.
'We believe that while we have taken a significant amount of these dangerous drugs off the market, and we will continue to target those members of our community that are engaged with this type of activity,' Detective Inspector Lawrence said.
Regional Crime Coordinator Detective Acting Superintendent Bruce McNab said that local officers will continue to work with other policing units to target these types of crimes.
'Our local officers work everyday with people that are affected by dangerous drugs, and we are ever mindful of the damage they cause our communities.
'We are continuing to target illegal and dangerous drugs within in the district, so anyone who is involved in their sale or production that thinks this is the end of us targeting this is mistaken,' Detective Acting Superintendent McNab said.
Investigations are continuing.
A NUMBER of people have been charged with drug trafficking and possession charges in Mackay and Whitsundays.
Police have issued and executed search warrants in the past 48 hours.
Acting District Officer Acting Superintendent Marcus Hill, and Detective Inspector Terry Lawrence addressed the media this morning in relation to a series of search warrants executed as part of two joint operations targeting dangerous drugs.
More to come.