VIDEO | A dozen people charged after police bust FNQ drug network

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Karlie Brady

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Guns were amongst items seized during the police raids in FNQ. Image: Supplied.
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Twelve people have been charged with nearly 200 offences after a major police operation busted an alleged drug trafficking network operating across the Far North seizing drugs, $100,000 cash, guns, and vehicles.

On Friday and Saturday, August 21 and 22, detectives executed search warrants at addresses around the Far North including Diwan in the Daintree, as well Koah, Upper Daradgee, Silkwood, Wangan, Goondi Hill and Goondi Bend as part of Operation Sierra Footrope.

The 200 various alleged offences include trafficking dangerous drugs, supplying dangerous drugs and money laundering with most of the operations based out of Innisfail.

Locally a 39- year-old Diwan woman was arrested and charged with 10 drug and property-related offences.

While a 37-year-old Innisfail man was also located in Diwan and charged with 40 drug and property-related offences.

Others arrested include a 37-year-old man from Upper Daradgee who was charged with 42 offences including trafficking dangerous drugs, money laundering and supplying dangerous drugs. He appeared in Cairns Magistrates Court on Friday and was remanded in custody to reappear on 21 October.

And 40-year-old Wangan man who was charged with 100 offences including trafficking dangerous drugs and money laundering. He is expected to appear in Innisfail Magistrates Court on 29 September.

The six-month joint operation involved detectives from Innisfail Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) and State Crime Command’s Taskforce Maxima, along with local police.

Officer in Charge of Innisfail CIB, Detective Sergeant Stephen Bull, said the operation targeted people trafficking dangerous drugs, particularly methylamphetamine, into the local community.

“$100,000 in cash, three motor vehicles and one motorcycle were seized during this operation,” he said.

“This type of protracted operation enforces the policing commitment to target and disrupt the supply and use of dangerous drugs in Queensland.

“Investigations and community engagement will be ongoing despite the closure of this operation.”

See how Police Dog Radar helped close the operation in the footage below:



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