Firearms and drugs were seized as part of major raids in the Gympie region.
Firearms and drugs were seized as part of major raids in the Gympie region. Frances Klein

Major raids sniff out $83k, $100k of drugs, 13 weapons

MAJOR raids in the Gympie region have uncovered $83, 000 in cash and 13 weapons in a highly successful operation conducted by police last week.

Police also seized $100,000 worth of the drug ice, which would have potentially been sold on the streets in up to 1000 transactions as $50 -$100 "points."

Detectives have charged 31 people on 94 charges in the string of searches, including a 23 -year -old Monkland man who was allegedly hiding and protecting a web of $75,500 in cash, six illegal firearms and drugs on a Mary Valley Rd property.

Significant and successful is how Gympie police's Rob Lowry described the operation that was sparked by information from undisclosed sources, the detective sergeant said.

 

The search covered 20 properties at Gympie, Monkland, Southside, Araluen, East Deep Creek, Bollier, Cooloola Cove and Wallu between Tuesday and Sunday, where a number of knuckle dusters, flick knives, billy clubs and drug utensils were uncovered.

The operation was conducted with the assistance of Tactical Crime Squad, Task Force Maxima and the Dog Squad.

"That seizure is significant for the area," Det Sgt Lowry said of the Mary Valley Rd raid that turned up shotguns and rifles, a taser, quantities of ice and marijuana and $75,000 in cash at Southside last Tuesday.

"Every firearm we take off the street makes the community safer - particularly the sawed-off shotgun," he said.

The man was charged with 13 offences including possessing unlawful weapons, ammunition, dangerous drugs and utensils and possessing a shortened firearm.

He was granted bail on Wednesday in the Gympie Magistrates Court.

Det Sgt Lowry said there were no direct links to organised bike groups, but they were investigating all angles, which may result in further charges being laid.

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