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Closure of major drug investigation

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Police have charged a further five people in relation to 30 drug related offences as part of a protracted operation targeting the supply and distribution of cannabis and methylamphetamine across the Wide Bay region.

On Tuesday, July 28, detectives from the Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch, assisted by officers attached to the Wide Bay Tactical Crime Squad executed a series of search warrants at properties across Bundaberg as part of the closure of Operation Romeo Steeden.

As a result of the searches, five people were arrested on 30 charges, including trafficking dangerous drugs, supplying dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs and supplying firearms.

Several items of interest were seized including three firearms, several mobile telephones, cannabis plants, more than half a kilogram of packaged cannabis, as well as a sum of cash.

A 51-year-old Bargara man was arrested and subsequently charged with trafficking dangerous drugs (cannabis), possessing anything used in the commission of a crime (mobile telephone), possessing dangerous drugs (cannabis), seven counts of supplying dangerous drugs and possessing drugs utensils.

He is due to appear in the Bundaberg Magistrates Courts on September 14.

Operation Romeo Steeden commenced in July 2019, and was an operation targeting a drug trafficking syndicate operating in the Bundaberg area, supplying varying quantities of cannabis and other drugs within the Bundaberg area and to nearby regional communities.

During Operation Romeo Steeden, police charged 44 offenders with a total of 113 offences, including eight offenders who have been charged with trafficking dangerous drugs.

More than 20 kilograms of processed cannabis and a substantial amount of other drugs and property have been seized. The seizures have also included over $60,000 in cash.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP2001557889 within the online suspicious activity form.

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