News

13 arrested after police bust major Gympie drug ring

Detective Darren Gough, from the State Drug Investigation Unit, with some of the marijuana taken in this week's drug bust.
Detective Darren Gough, from the State Drug Investigation Unit, with some of the marijuana taken in this week's drug bust. Renee Pilcher

A WELL-organised drug ring was busted wide open in Gympie this week in a two-day police operation that led to the arrest of 13 people from Gympie, North Deep Creek, Tin Can Bay, Veteran and the Southside.

A combined total of about 50 charges were laid, $50,000 worth of methylamphetamine and marijuana seized, as well as guns, cash, utensils, motorbikes and cars.

Some of the alleged members of the drug trafficking and supply ring appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday and others will face their charges at later dates.

It is the biggest drug bust in the region in at least 12 months and has stopped $35,000 in amphetamines and $14,500 in marijuana from hitting the Gympie streets, though some of it is believed to have been destined for the Sunshine and Fraser Coasts as well, police said.

Thirty-five police officers from the State Drug Investigation Unit, dog squad and North Coast Region conducted a series of raids on an isolated property at North Deep Creek, and at other properties yesterday and Wednesday, arresting nine people between the ages of 28 and 59 on Wednesday, and another four yesterday morning.

Cars and motorbikes worth about $170,000 were seized, along with a pistol and two long arms, $10,000 in cash, scales, bongs, and drugs.

Some of the marijuana was found growing in forestry land and some hydroponically in an elaborate set up.

Plain clothes Senior Constable Chris Lawson from Kingaroy CIB at one of the hydroponic operations.
Plain clothes Senior Constable Chris Lawson from Kingaroy CIB at one of the hydroponic operations. Renee Pilcher

Two people were remanded to Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday and nine others have been issued with notices to appear.

Detective Senior Sergeant Sasha Finney from the drug squad said yesterday police executed six warrants on Wednesday and another five yesterday.

She said she was extremely pleased with the success of the operation, which also seized two Harley Davidson motorbikes, an $80,000 restored 1932 hot rod, two quad bikes and a green restored Torana.

A 54-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman from North Deep Creek have both been charged with one count of trafficking dangerous drugs, one count of supplying dangerous drugs, two counts of possessing dangerous drugs and one count of possessing a firearm.

A 30-year-old Veteran man has been charged with one count each of producing dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing things used in connection with a drug, and possessing a utensil.

A 28-year-old Veteran man has been charged with one count of producing dangerous drugs, one count of possessing dangerous drugs, two counts of possessing things and one count of possessing a utensil.

A 31-year-old Veteran woman, a 32-year-old Southside woman, a 51-year-old North Deep Creek man, another North Deep Creek man and a 59-year-old Gympie woman have all been issued with a notice to appear for various drug offences.

Detective Senior Sergeant Sasha Finney, of the State Drug Investigation Unit and Superintendent Chris Sang.
Detective Senior Sergeant Sasha Finney, of the State Drug Investigation Unit and Superintendent Chris Sang.

Gympie District officer Superintendent Chris Sang said investigations were continuing.

"Invariably after this sort of operation more information comes to light," he said.

"It was very successful and we are very pleased with the results. This will have a significant impact on drug users here."

Gympie Times

Topics:  arrests, crime, drug ring, drugs, drug trafficking, gympie magistrates court, gympie police, marijuana, methylamphetamine


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Artist's stroke of 'luck'

AWARDED: Lesley Shelley has taken out $1000 and second prize at the Queensland Figurative awards.

Artist's stroke of 'luck'

Injured star wins Futsal World Cup

LONG ROAD: Seth Telfer played 30 seconds on the World Cup gold medal match despite an ACL injury.

Injured star wins Futsal World Cup

Where your dollars go after the pokies

Caboolture Sports Club CEO Kelvin Patch argues the revenue raised from pokies goes to good use back into the community.

The Caboolture Sports Club puts millions back into the community.

Local Partners

Annual community picnic for disadvantaged families

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters program is run nationally and supports at-risk families in Caboolture.

Longest serving player saves Pelicans

Beachmere Pelicans 2016 player-coach and president Scott Craig is keen to kick on next year.

Longest serving player saves Pelicans

Artist's stroke of 'luck'

AWARDED: Lesley Shelley has taken out $1000 and second prize at the Queensland Figurative awards.

Artist's stroke of 'luck'

Injured star wins Futsal World Cup

LONG ROAD: Seth Telfer played 30 seconds on the World Cup gold medal match despite an ACL injury.

Injured star wins Futsal World Cup

Where your dollars go after the pokies

Caboolture Sports Club CEO Kelvin Patch argues the revenue raised from pokies goes to good use back into the community.

The Caboolture Sports Club puts millions back into the community.

Woman allegedly stabs man in public

Police generic, crime scene.  Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times

Woman allegedly stabs man in public

Bribie Island burn offs

Fireland Consultancy will undertake bush fire hazard reduction burn offs on Bribie Island.

Bribie Island burn offs

40 years of caring, now this Ambo needs your help

Peter Fiechtner is searching for the woman who he helped bring into the world on his first job as a full-time paramedic in 1974.

Paramedic Peter Fiechtner is on a treasure hunt.

Classic car auction draws buyers from US, Dubai

"He wants everyone to enjoy the cars, the collection got too big'

Daniel Radcliffe hoped for haircut anonymity

Radcliffe thought shaving his head would make him more anonymous

Jim Carrey slams 'shameful greed' of lawsuit

Jim Carrey has slammed the "shameful greed" of White's ex-husband.

'Highly unlikely' Brad Pitt will face prosecution

It is highly unlikely that Brad Pitt will be prosecuted

WATCH: Justin Bieber grabbed in Germany

A video has emerged of singer Justin Bieber being attacked

Why The Wrong Girl is right for Jessica Marais

Jessica Marais and Ian Meadows in a scene from the TV series The Wrong Girl.

ACTOR makes the sometimes awkward character her own in new comedy.

What's on the small screen this week

Jessica Marais in a scene from the TV series The Wrong Girl.

A NEW romantic comedy debuts while footy codes ramp up for finals.

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Rocky proves prime real estate in latest REIQ report

Kas Woch sold this Wood St home in Depot Hill for $107,000 in August.

A new investor's market as Rocky house prices hit lowest in state

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record