Carseldine Police Crack Down on Major Drug Ring in Operation Victor Ludacris

The Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) in Carseldine has dismantled a significant drug operation in northern Brisbane, seizing illicit substances worth over $2.5 million and arresting five individuals.

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Key drug trafficking organisations for methylamphetamine, GHB, and firearms were the focus of Operation Victor Ludacris, a seven-month investigation by Carseldine CIB with assistance from the Synthetic Drug Operations Unit and the Australian Border Force (ABF). 

The operation involved 14 search warrants across the North Brisbane region, uncovering a large-scale drug laboratory and resulting in the seizure of a vast array of illegal drugs, including 450 kilogrammes of GHB, 168 litres of 1-4 butanediol, 84 litres of hypophosphorous acid, 2.75 kilogrammes of MDMA, and 300 grammes of methylamphetamine.

The police also confiscated $100,000 in cash, commercial-grade drug manufacturing equipment, and precursor chemicals with the potential to yield over 70 kilogrammes of methylamphetamine. 

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Additionally, three firearms, three remote improvised explosive devices, and 30 kilogrammes of assorted ammunition were recovered during the raids.

Since December 2023, five individuals have been apprehended and face a total of 74 charges. These charges include trafficking in dangerous drugs, unlawful possession of weapons, unlawful dealing with explosives, conspiracy to commit crime, and receiving property obtained from trafficking. All five individuals are currently in custody, awaiting court appearances.

Detective Inspector Ken Rogers emphasised the operation’s success in disrupting drug distribution networks and removing dangerous substances from the community.

He stated that illicit drugs have a devastating impact on lives and their removal contributes to reducing drug-related violence and overdoses. Rogers assured the public that the police remain committed to targeting criminal syndicates and ensuring the safety of the community.

Investigations are ongoing, with further arrests anticipated. Authorities encourage anyone with information to contact Policelink or Crime Stoppers.

Published Date 20-May-2024