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Australia Post used in major three-state drug ring, police say

27 May 2017

Buds of marijuana sit in a bowl.
 

A major drug trafficking syndicate used the Australian postal system to transfer thousands of kilograms of cannabis across three states, police have alleged.

Federal and state agencies swooped on alleged syndicate members in Queensland, South Australia and NSW on Thursday, seizing about 40 kilograms of cannabis and nearly $400,000 in cash.

A total of 24 people were arrested, with charges including drug trafficking and money laundering.

Queensland Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker said it was believed the syndicate had been running for several years, but they had been tracked for the last year by a joint-agency taskforce including state police, Australian Federal Police, Border Force and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.

$100 bills are packed into a shoe box after police crack a drug operation.

“In Queensland alone over 18 months we identified what we assessed to be one tonne of cannabis going solely to one address,” he said.

Superintendent Wacker said police would allege the drugs originated out of South Australia, before being posted to syndicate members in NSW and Queensland who would on-sell the cannabis.

“Some of these consignments were cardboard boxes which contained within them plastic drums which had been liquid nailed down, probably which for detection purposes, hindered other agencies from picking them up during the mail sorting process,” he said.

It is believed the drugs originated in South Australia before being posted to other states.

“Although a fairly simplistic method of transporting illicit drugs between states, it has been an effective method and we are dealing with other agencies in relation to systems that are being used.”

Superintendent Wacker said police in Queensland had already seized cars and motorcycles, and were looking at restraining properties purchased by syndicate members.

Twelve property raids took place on Thursday on the Gold Coast and Brisbane’s northern suburbs.

“What we’re seeing is that cannabis is money for jam, and the money that is being made from the sale of cannabis is then being used by these organised syndicates to step up to the lucrative ice trade,” he said.

Australian Federal Police Detective Superintendent Russell Smith said the syndicate had overseas links, but would not confirm the country or region.