Police have disbanded a major synthetic drug network yesterday after raids in Capalaba, Rockhampton and Gold Coast.
An extended investigation into Operation Mike Spinel saw the sale of synthetic drugs sold as “legal highs” through retail and herbal outlets.
Officers from the Drug and Serious Crime Group executed 10 search warrants and seized a significant amount of synthetic drugs including 9kg of synthetic cannabinoids and 10kg of ingredients to produce the drug.
A 39 year old man was charged with one count each of trafficking and supplying dangerous drugs and will appear in the Cleveland Magistrates Court on April 5.
A 52 year old man was also charged with one count of possession of a dangerous drug and three counts of possession of a regulated poison. He is due to appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on March 29.
Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker of the Drug and Serious Crime Group says it’s been a significant result for police with the “legal and harmless” drug network finally being brought to a close.
“For some time these retailers have continued to sell these drugs claiming their legality and harmless nature. This is definitely not the case. Forensic testing has now proven these drugs to contain very harmful chemicals,” Detective Wacker explains.
“This should serve as a warning to any other retailers who continue to sell these drugs. The community needs to be aware that the production processes utilised are uncontrolled.”
Vision obtained from the raids will be released later this morning.