Over $1 million in drugs seized and 28 people arrested with 110 charges laid against them


Police have seized more than $1 million in illicit drugs and made 28 arrests following a police operation targeting a major Queensland drug syndicate.

Operation Papa Argyle commenced in January 2017 after the identification of major trafficking networks on the Sunshine Coast, and culminated on Wednesday with the arrest of 28 people on 110 charges.

Among them are 64 drug-related charges, two charges of importing a controlled substance and six charges of perjury.

Police also seized property worth more than $600,000 including 15 motor vehicles, jewellery, watches and computer equipment.

The Sunshine Coast District Drug and Serious Crime Task Force closed the first phase of the operation on October 8, 2017 following a search warrant of an inner city Brisbane apartment which was alleged to have been the crime group’s ‘safe house’.

Police located cocaine, a cocaine press, MDMA capsule press, methylamphetamine, better known as ‘ice’, and a large sum of cash.

Phase two led to the identification of more syndicate members, who had been importing cannabis from Sydney.

The second phase resulted in a vehicle being intercepted with cannabis on board on March 8 this year.

A simultaneous search of a property in Doolandella resulted in the seizure of more than $2.2 million in cash along with jewellery believed to be the proceeds of crime.

On June 11, detectives commenced phase three which led to the arrest of another two alleged primary offenders in Ormiston and Carina.

Operations Manager and Officer in Charge of the Sunshine Coast Crime Group Detective Inspector David Drinnen said the arrests were the culmination of a 17-month investigation.

‘This is a very successful outcome for Sunshine Coast District detectives who have dismantled and disabled a highly organised, systematic and high-level crime group which has had a significant impact on drug supplies throughout South East Queensland,’ he said.

‘Our specialist and highly trained group of investigators have never been backward in coming forward when targeting criminal gangs through their relentless pursuit of illegal activity, and it puts all criminal groups on notice.

‘With this seizure of millions of dollars in cash, drugs, and other proceeds of crime, we’ve hit criminal groups where is hurts most – profit.’

Source: Queensland Police