ALMOST 50 people have been charged as part of an operation coordinated by Taskforce Maxima targeting criminal gangs and their networks across the state.
Operation Mike Disrupt 2 included detectives from Taskforce Maxima and officers from the Moreton, Wide Bay-Burnett, Capricornia, Mackay and South West police districts.
Police believe they have found methyl-amphetamines, cannabis and paraphernalia; along with hand guns, rifles, a pen gun; and about $30,000 cash.
A total of 48 people were arrested on 134 charges including producing, supplying and possessing dangerous drugs, weapons offences and even the illegal keeping of snake.
Four vehicles were impounded as a result of enforcement action as well as four drivers charged with drug driving.
Taskforce Maxima Commander Detective Superintendent Michael Niland said the operation's success relied on working closely with regional police.
Detective Superintendent Niland said:
"The links between gangs and illegal drug distribution is clearly evident. This is why we are targeting them as their criminal activities are far reaching and impact on everyday Queenslanders."
Regional Crime Coordinator of Central Region Detective Acting Superintendent Bruce McNab said the results showed police were determined to "disrupt and dismantle" criminal organisations.
Regional Crime Coordinator of Southern Region said Detective Acting Superintendent Paul Schmidt said police within the Southern Region will continue to actively target criminal gangs no matter how remote the location may be.
"This operation involving local police and members of Taskforce Maxima resulted in the arrest of nine people on a total of 23 charges relating to drugs, weapons and other offences within the Moreton and South West policing districts," Detective Acting Superintendent Schmidt said.
"Search warrants were executed in Redcliffe, Murgon, Nanango, Dalby, Roma, Tara and Winton over a number of days demonstrating the lesser populated rural areas will not escape the continued attention of police should people associate with declared criminal organisations."
Police searched properties across the state including:
- Hervey Bay
- Airlie Beach