Police close Emerald drug siege, locate 164 cannabis plants
QUEENSLAND Police have closed Operation Lima Siege, a protracted investigation targeting drug trafficking in and around Emerald.
Commencing in March 2013, the operation focused on drug related activity in mining areas of Central Queensland, including the interception of cannabis and ecstasy from the Gold Coast into Emerald.
During the course of the investigation, 33 people have been charged with 103 offences.
Investigators have located six purpose build "grow houses" containing 164 mature cannabis plants and eleven kilograms of dried cannabis, valued at $925,300 and have seized property valued at $92,300.
Today, detectives from the State Crime Command's Drug and Serious Crime Group with assistance from Central Region officers raided 16 addresses across Emerald.
Eight people have been charged, including:
- A 43-year-old man charged with multiple offences including drug trafficking and supply, produce and possession of dangerous drugs.
- A 46-year-old woman charged with trafficking and producing dangerous drugs.
- A 43-year-old man charged with trafficking and producing dangerous drugs.
- A 29-year-old woman charged with supplying dangerous drugs
- A 26-year-old man charged with supply dangerous drug and possess dangerous drugs
- A 42-year-old man charged with produce and possession of dangerous drug.
They are expected to appear in Emerald Magistrates Court on November 4.