Money laundering charge, Surfers Paradise

A 38-year-old Surfers Paradise man has been charged with money laundering following an ongoing investigation by the Gold Coast Major and Organised Crime Squad.

Detectives from the Gold Coast Major and Organised Crime Squad (MOCS) executed a search warrant at a residence in Burleigh Waters today, seizing a 2008 Peugeot 308.

It will be alleged the man used the vehicle to transport $2.6 million in cash to another member of the drug syndicate.

The 38-year-old Surfers Paradise man was charged with one count of money laundering and will appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on March 11.

Gold Coast MOCS have continued the investigation after search warrants were executed at a Bundall residence on September 30, 2020 and again on 4 February, 2021 during which $290K and $1.6M in cash, two firearms and three luxury vehicles valued at $710K were seized.

South East Region MOCS Detective Inspector Craig McGrath said the ongoing commitment from officers to disrupt criminal activity in the area was evident in this ongoing investigation and most recent arrest.

“Along with our partner agencies, our focus is to dismantle serious organised crime groups and prosecute those involved,” Detective Inspector McGrath said.

“We will continue to investigate, identify and seize proceeds of crime including cash and assets.”

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