Hervey Bay man on drug charges after police raids
A HERVEY Bay man has been charged with producing dangerous drugs after Gladstone police executed a series of raids in Operation Kilo Prophecy.
The 26-year-old man was already in police custody on other charges when police laid the additional charge.
The Operation Kilo Prophecy raids were part of a 12-month investigation.
More than 20 search warrants were executed at various addresses and 49 people were charged with 171 offences, including 14 people charged with drug trafficking.
Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey of Gladstone CIB said the charge had been laid against the Hervey Bay man after police had intercepted a series of phone calls allegedly relating to the offence.
He said police had uncovered six clandestine drug laboratories during the raids as well as a large amount of dangerous drugs.
Det Snr Sgt Peachey said the Hervey Bay man was not believed to have any ties to outlaw bikie gangs, although ties had been uncovered between Gladstone's trafficking networks and the Black Uhlans and Bandidos outlaw gangs.
"Throughout our investigations, which focused on the use of telephone intercepts, as well as covert and overt methods, we've now investigated links between the Black Uhlans chapters and the Bandidos chapters," he said.
Det Snr Sgt Peachey said he believed more arrests would follow in relation to the operation.
- Charges covered 171 different offences
- 14 people charged with drug trafficking
- Links to two separate outlaw motorcycle gangs uncovered
- 49 people charged