Closure of drug trafficking operation at Bundaberg

Bundaberg detectives recently closed a drug trafficking operation, originating in the Bundaberg area and extending to south-east Queensland, involving the alleged distribution of steroids, cocaine and MDMA.

During the operation several residences and businesses were searched with officers locating cash, drugs and associated equipment.

Following information received about the unlawful importation of Selective Androgen Receptive Modulators (SARM) which is similar to testosterone, police searched an Avoca business.

It will be alleged police located more than twenty containers of restricted SARM drugs, as well as steroidal powders and liquids. They also located a substantial amount of packaging, labels, gel capsules and empty vials.

A 29-year-old Bargara man was charged with drug trafficking, along with 11 counts of unlawful possession of a restricted drug, nine counts of supplying dangerous drugs (cocaine and steroids) and seven counts of possessing dangerous drugs.

He is due to appear in Bundaberg Magistrates Court on June 10.

A search warrant was also executed at a Brendale residence where police will allege, they located more than 140 vials of steroids, around $15,000 cash and a firearm.

Around 32,000 SARM capsules and around 100 SARM liquid bottles were also located.

A 44-year-old Brendale man was charged with drug trafficking, as well as 13 counts of supplying dangerous drugs (cocaine, MDMA and testosterone), three counts of possession of dangerous drugs and unlawful possession of a firearm.

He is due to appear in Pine Rivers Magistrates Court on May 17.

A 41-year-old Broadbeach man, who is believed to be connected to the pair, was also charged with five counts of supplying dangerous drugs and possessing property used in connection with a crime.

He is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on June 7.

Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Bishop, Officer-in-Charge of the Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) said the operation was a significant disruption to drug trafficking in Bundaberg and across south-east Queensland.

“We will continue to work with our partners to disrupt this behaviour to make our communities a safer place.”

The operation, code-named Sierra Thermal, was a joint investigation between Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch and the Organised Crime Gangs Group.

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