59 people charged with drug offences in the Toowoomba area
OFFICERS from the Darling Downs Tactical Crime Squad, Tactical Action Team, State Flying Squad and State Drug Dog officers with the assistance of Australian Defence Force personnel have charged 59 people with alleged drug offences after search warrants were executed across the Toowoomba Highfields and Grantham areas.
Operation Oscar Glyph successfully targeted and disrupted the distribution and sale of dangerous drugs.
Police officers executed 46 warrants charging 59 people on 180 offences ranging from possessing and producing dangerous drugs, possessing amphetamines, possessing utensils used for smoking or administering drugs, as well as possession of illegal weapons.
It will be further alleged during the search of residences police located more than a kilogram of cannabis, 200 cannabis plants, seven native pythons being kept without licenses, a quantity of cash obtained from the sale of methylamphetamine and 20 grams of methylamphetamine.
Police will further allege a large scale underground network of concealed tunnels and rooms, a high quality and complex water filtration system, a number of illegal firearms, knuckle dusters and knives, a quantity of chemicals and equipment used for the manufacture of methylamphetamine and cannabis were also located.
All 59 people arrested will appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court next month.
Darling Downs District, Tactical Crime Squad, Acting Senior Sergeant Mick Loveday said police will continue to arrest and prosecute anyone involved in the drug trafficking industry.
“The information utilised by police was obtained from the tenacious efforts of Toowoomba police as well as the vigilant and informative members of the community,” Acting Senior Sergeant Loveday said.
Police would like any member of the public who wishes to provide information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.
For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day
Media Release: July 8, 2016