A total of 19 people, including three local men, were charged this week with 174 offences relating to the trafficking of methylamphetamine in the Longreach area.
The Operation Romeo Porcelain investigation by Longreach detectives began in March 2019 following information received from Crime Stoppers.
A 32-year-old Longreach man was charged with three counts of trafficking, as well as 86 counts of supplying dangerous drugs, and weapons and other drug offences.
A 40-year-old Longreach man was charged with drug trafficking, possession of property obtained by trafficking, two counts of attempt to possess dangerous drugs, and 11 counts of supplying dangerous drugs.
A 19-year-old Longreach man was also charged with trafficking and 10 counts of supplying dangerous drugs.
All three Longreach men are due to appear in the Longreach Magistrates Court on January 19, 2021.
A 42-year-old Moolboolaman woman was charged with trafficking dangerous drugs, two counts of possession of dangerous drugs, five counts of supplying dangerous drugs as well as a weapon offence. She is due in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court on December 18.
Officer in Charge of Longreach Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Sergeant Brett Long said that over time they had been able to uncover a system of trafficking methylamphetamine or "ice" that was purchased in the south east corner and transported via a number of different methods to Longreach where a distribution network was in place.
Police allege they located methylamphetamine, MDMA, cannabis and just over $9000 in cash, along with weapons such as a flick knife, knuckledusters, ammunition and an electric conductive device during the closure operation on November 17 and 18.
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