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Drug arrests, Whitsundays


Detectives have charged 16 people following the closure of an operation targeting the trafficking of methylamphetamine throughout the Whitsundays.

Operation Sierra Minat ran over Tuesday and Wednesday (27th and 28th October) resulting in around $30,000 seized, along with five firearms, ammunition, drugs and laboratory equipment.

Search warrants were carried out on 11 properties across the Whitsunday region and involved officers from the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), Mackay Tactical Crime Squad and other specialist police.

Officer-in-Charge of the Whitsunday CIB Detective Sergeant Luke Scells said the operation has caused significant disruption to the drug trade within the region.

“We make no apology for taking such precise action in disrupting the trafficking of drugs throughout the region.

“This action has seen almost 2kg of methylamphetamine taken out of the community, ensuring it’s a safer place for everyone,” Detective Scells said.

A total of 16 people have been charged with more than 191 offences including trafficking, supply, possession of dangerous drug and weapons.