650 charges between four men in drug bust
THE Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) claims to have busted a high-threat crime syndicate on the Gold Coast in what they're calling Operation Altana.
Four men are facing more than 650 separate criminal charges after the bust.
The CCC says the men were major players in a distribution network with links to the Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) on the Gold Coast.
Today, the CCC charged a 41-year-old Main Beach mortgage broker with 244 charges, a 55 year-old property developer from Surfers Paradise with 296 charges and a 46-year-old security systems expert from Main Beach with 26 charges.
All three have been charged with trafficking and supplying ice and cocaine.
The 41-year-old man was also charged with producing ice.
The men were bailed and are expected to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on 3 March 2017.
A 55-year-old Gold Coast man was charged by the CCC in January, as part of Operation Altana, with 91 offences including trafficking ice and cocaine and 74 counts of supplying drugs.
The CCC will allege an ice production site was identified at Tedder Avenue, Main Beach where ice was cut, recrystallised, and then packaged for distribution.
They also claim the cumulative quantities of ice and high purity cocaine trafficked by the syndicate involved multiple kilograms of drugs.
The ice component is estimated to have a wholesale value of approximately $250,000 but had a significantly larger street value after being cut, repackaged and sold.