The CMC conducted a major crime operation in 2009 and 2010, targeting a large-scale organised drug distribution network based on the Gold Coast. The network stretched from Cairns to Melbourne and included criminals in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Townsville, Bowen, Airlie Beach, Sydney and Melbourne. Three main networks were targeted:
- A network distributing methamphetamine from New South Wales to South East Queensland, Cairns, Airlie Beach and Melbourne
- A network distributing ecstasy from South East Queensland to Cairns and Far North Queensland
- A network distributing hydroponically grown cannabis from Victoria to Queensland.
As a result, 73 people were arrested on a total of 424 drug-related charges including trafficking, supply and possession of dangerous drugs.
The CMC has restrained more than $6 million worth of assets, including a cash seizure of approximately $1.123 million. $1,528,655 was forfeited to the State as a result of confiscation proceedings against Operation Warrior targets.
The estimated street value of the drugs seized was over $6,800,000. The following drugs, assets and proceeds were seized:
- 5.13kg of methamphetamine
- 169kg of cannabis leaf
- 40 cannabis plants
- 248g of MDMA (ecstasy) powder
- 3544 ecstasy tablets
- 50g of steroids
- 1g cocaine
- 13 litres of GHB (fantasy)
- 60 litres of GBL (fantasy precursor)
- $6,886,949 in cash and property restrained ($1.9 million in cash)
- Two cannabis ‘grow’ houses (hydroponic cannabis) located in Victoria
- One GHB (fantasy) production laboratory located on the Gold Coast.