16 arrested after Ipswich drug raids
PROPERTIES in five Ipswich suburbs were raided yesterday in a major drug operation aimed at removing the drug ice from our streets.
The raids were part of a year long police operation by detectives from the State Crime Command's Taskforce Maxima and officers from South Brisbane and the South Eastern Region.
Police stormed into homes simultaneously in Redbank Plains, Goodna, Springfield, Camira and Booval. Three other nearby suburbs were also targeted.
The raids saw a number of people being taken into custody, including alleged members of the Nomads and Commacheros Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.
Three kilograms of ice, more than 100,000 ecstasy pills and $60,000 in cash, a semi-automatic handgun, 2 sawn-off rifles and a semi-automatic rifle were also located and seized.
Detective Acting Superintendent Brendan Smith from Task Force Maxima said the operation had seen in excess of 240,000 'hits' of ice, valued at approximately $18 million, taken off the street.
"It has made the community safer for all Queensland families.
"Taskforce Maxima and the QPS remain resolute in our efforts against those involved in supply of dangerous drug ice."
"We will continue to use all resources available to us in an effort to stop crime and these gangs need to understand this. While they are involved in crime will continue to target them." Detective Acting Superintendent Smith said.
In all 16 people were arrested and all expected to appear in court this morning.