With a significant number of people arrested this week as Police moved forward on a two-year long investigation, Operation Oscar Kohl, they believe they have smashed major drug trafficking in the South West and they say they won’t be stopping.
Operation Oscar Kohl was established in August 2015 to target those involved in the production and trafficking of methylamphetamine (Ice) in the South West.
More than 60 officers from across Queensland with the assistance from the State Drug Squad and Brisbane and Toowoomba dog squads executed search warrants at properties in St George, Surat, Dirranbandi and Roma this week charging 25 people with more than 170 drug-related offences including trafficking, suppling and possessing dangerous drugs.
Officers also seized a number of vehicles, ICE, cannabis, drug utensils and electronic equipment.
“The prevalence of methylamphetamine is savaging local communities in the South West. Ice is an insidious drug which has a devastating effect on communities, particularly those in remote and rural areas with limited access to support services.”
Police believe that the significant number of arrests made across the regions this week have disrupted a major drug syndicate and would dismantle its local business model.
“We made a commitment to local members of the community to address the drug issues in the area, and the closure of this operation will inject some much-needed confidence back into the community.”
A 34-year-old St George man was charged with trafficking a dangerous drug and 23 counts of supply offences, a 30-year-old Surat man was also charged with trafficking and an 18-year-old St George woman has been charged also with trafficking.
A total of seven people have been charged with trafficking a dangerous drug as a result of the raids.
They are all due to appear in the Roma, St George and Dalby Magistrates courts over the coming months.
And into the future?
Detective Inspector Paul Hart is clear.
“We have more work to do and we will continue to target those engaging in criminal activity and the supply of drugs across the Districts. As part of our policing response to combat the issue, officers will also continue to work with various local organizations and schools, focusing on deterrence and rehabilitation.”