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Grow farm raided by police

POLICE have seized $60 million worth of cannabis, cash, vehicles and equipment following raids connected to a grow farm on the Fraser Coast last week as part of Operation Victor Economy.

Operation Victor Economy was established to target an organised crime group facilitating the commercial production and distribution of cannabis across Australia and has resulted in 18 people being charged with 80 drug related offences to date.

On 7 November, detectives from the Drug and Serious Crime Group executed a search warrant at a property at Gungaloon, Fraser Coast, where they located a significant cannabis grow farm.

Approximately 11,118 cannabis plants were located at the property, along with 515 kilograms of dried cannabis bud.

Police located and arrested 10 people at the property while another man attempted to leave the scene upon arrival of detectives but was tracked down by the dog squad a short time later.

All 11 people have been charged with one count each of producing dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs, and possessing items used or for use in the commission of crime.

Detective Inspector Brad Phelps from the Drug and Serious Crime group said this operation has disrupted a major criminal syndicate.

“It will be alleged that the Gungaloon farm has been operational for approximately 18 months and was producing several hundred kilograms of cannabis per week,” he said.

“We’ve seized a significant quantity of drugs, plants, cash, assets and equipment as a result of these raids.

“The reality is that these dangerous drugs were destined for sale to some of the most vulnerable people within our state and beyond.

“Now they’re out of the market, and those allegedly responsible will be brought to justice.”

Police also executed 10 search warrants across Brisbane, Moreton, Sunshine Coast and Logan districts in connection to the Gungaloon property, where they further located a total of $521,000 in cash, 90 kilograms of cannabis, 245 grams of cocaine, 350 grams of ice, and 126 grams of MDMA.

Seven additional persons have been charged with 47 drug related offences as a result of these search warrants.

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Pair arrested after found driving stolen vehicle and Business urges government to waive levy.

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