Queensland Cops Seize $90 Million Worth Of The Highest Purity Of MDMA They've Ever Seen
Queensland police have seized a massive amount of MDMA that has turned out to have the highest purity the state has ever seen.
A whopping 766kg of the drug was discovered, which has a street value of around $90 million.
While the purity was incredibly potent, Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker of the State Crime Command's Drug and Serious Crime Group believes the dealers were intending to cut it with other drugs to increase the number of sales.
"We believe the drug would have been diluted with other agents and had the potential to make between six and 12 million capsules," Detective Superintendent Wacker said.
"This has a conservative value of $90 million. Organised crime syndicates are making significant profit at the expense of our Australian community but more importantly they are placing our young people's health at risk."
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"This operation has been focused on targeting and dismantling this organised syndicate and is a culmination of the cooperative efforts of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, New South Wales Police Force, Australian Federal Police, New Zealand Police National Organised Crime Group, Australian Border Force, the Department of Home Affairs Intelligence Division and the UK National Crime Agency."
In addition to the massive amount of drugs seized, police also found $108,000 in cash, more drugs and cars at various properties.
Several different police agencies were involved in the sting and it has resulted in a bunch of people being arrested.
In Queensland, two British citizens, aged 51 and 40, were charged with drug possession and drug supply, while a 26-year-old from Logan was hit with possession and supply of dangerous drugs charges.
Police in New South Wales arrested a 51-year-old woman at Lennox Head in relation to the cash found, while New Zealand operatives charged two British people, aged 60 and 49, after they found 200kg of methamphetamine.
Acting Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) State Manager Queensland Operations Dr Katie Willis said: "According to our latest National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program data, it is estimated over 1.1 tonnes of MDMA is consumed nationally each year, 223kg in Queensland alone.
"Removing 766kg of MDMA before it reaches our streets will have an immeasurable impact on the illicit MDMA market."
Police are hoping their investigations will lead them to other culprits involved in the plot to import and distribute drugs across Australia. No doubt investigators will be raising a glass after stopping a big whack of drugs from entering the market.
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