Police seize $7m from bikies, dealers in Qld drug raids
POLICE have seized $7 million in cash and property - including a $240,000 Diablo Lamborghini $400k hidden in the walls of a house - during drug raids across south-east Queensland.
Police said 12 people had been charged after they executed 28 search warrants.
Officers from Taskforce Maxima, Victoria Police Crime Command, and Australian Federal Police (National Anti-Gangs Squad) executed warrants at addresses throughout Brisbane and the Gold Coast over the past two days.
The dozen people have been charged with drug trafficking, including six people who have also been charged with the circumstance of aggravation of being Vicious Lawless Associates operating as a criminal gang.
Police conducted searches at properties at Pimpama, Nerang, Hope Island, Southport, Willow Vale and Tamborine.
It will be alleged the searches located approximately 85kg of cannabis, $1 million in cash linked to Queensland and Victoria, equipment used in the supply and packaging of dangerous drugs, motor vehicles and weapons.
More than $6 million in assets will be restrained as a result of the operation.
On Tuesday, a rented "safe house" was located on Yawalpah Road at Pimpama, allegedly containing 23kg of cannabis and more than $400,000 in cash hidden in the walls of the house.
A 33-year-old Pimpama man has been charged with trafficking in a dangerous drug with circumstances of aggravation that he is a vicious lawless associate and the additional allegation he is the principal office bearer of that gang.
On Wednesday, search warrants were being executed at Willow Vale and surrounding areas.
Two hidden underground 'cannabis bunkers' were allegedly located at separate properties at Willow Vale.
Detective Superintendent Michael Niland Taskforce Maxima Commander said the operation was a milestone for Taskforce Maxima.
"This is the first time in Queensland the new "Vicious Lawless Associate" legislation has been used against a criminal gang other than an already declared Criminal Organisation (Criminal Motorcycle Gang)," Detective Superintendent Niland said.
"This operation has identified and destroyed two sophisticated criminal gangs.
"We estimate the gang arrested yesterday has brought over two tonne of hydroponic cannabis worth over $8 million dollars into Queensland in the past four months and have been in operation for two years.
"We will allege the second gang has produced large quantities of hydroponic cannabis in South East Queensland.
"These are significant arrests and charges and it is our intention to take their criminal wealth away from them."
It is anticipated more arrests will be made today as investigations are continuing.
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.