Cops seize $300k ‘drug money’ in huge bust

 

A huge seizure of alleged drug money and a bunch of juvenile arrests will leave a significant dent in the Townsville crime scene after police raided multiple homes this week.

Crews from both Kirwan Station, Townsville Property Crime Unit and Major Organised Crime Squad arrested 10 people on 34 drug-related charges after finding $317,000 cash at a Rasmussen home on Thursday.

Kirwan Station officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Jason Brosnan said police "just kept finding bundle after bundle" of cash in clothing dressers, drawers and hidden in clothing.

Small amounts of marijuana were also found at the home and police allege the cash was related to drug supply.

Police broke down the door of a Rasmussen home on Thursday when they raided it for cash.
Police broke down the door of a Rasmussen home on Thursday when they raided it for cash.

Sen-Sgt Brosnan said the bust was a huge win for police but they could not be complacent.

"I think there will be disruption … obviously nature abhors a vacuum so when one goes another will always rise to take their place," he said.

Police allege then men, aged in their 40s, are a part of a wider network.

A 40-year-old man and 36-year-old woman who live at the Rasmussen home where the cash was found have been charged with one count each of possessing dangerous drugs, possessing drug-related utensils and possessing items used in the commission of a crime.

"Investigations will be ongoing in relation to that network and dismantling that," Sen-Sgt Brosnan said.

A large group of juveniles were also arrested on 65 property offences, including two 14-year-olds.

Senior Sergeant Jason Brosnan said crime had dropped since the arrest of multiple juveniles this week.
Senior Sergeant Jason Brosnan said crime had dropped since the arrest of multiple juveniles this week.

Sen-Sgt Brosnan said these teenagers were charged with 24 and 15 charges respectively.

"It is pretty shocking … and it's symptomatic of what we've been saying in relation to a core group of recidivist offenders causing most of our problems," he said.

The juveniles were arrested as part of a 10-day operation targeting hotspot areas in the Upper Ross region.

Since the arrests, Sen-Sgt Brosnan said there has been a 50 per cent reduction in property crime.

"Clearly the operation and targeting of these recidivist offenders is making a big impact on crime in the local area," he said.

Sen-Sgt Brosnan said crime rates had plummeted since a spike in February, but police were still working hard to tackle the worst offenders.

The searches were an extension of Operation Front Foot which kicked off last week in the Upper Ross and resulted in multiple arrests.

Originally published as Cops seize $300k 'drug money' in huge bust


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