Australia Police disrupt interstate drug operation
Drug dealers tortured before locked in toolbox in 'barbaric' murders
Two drug dealers begged for their lives and desperately tried to escape a locked toolbox before it was submerged in a lagoon, a Queensland court has heard. Four men have pleaded not guilty to the 'breathtakingly evil' murders on the opening day of their trial in the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Stou Daniels, Davy Malu Junior Taiao, Trent Michael Thrupp and Waylon Ngaketo Cowan Walker denied murdering Cory Breton and Iuliana Triscaru south of Brisbane on January 24, 2016,Daniels, Taiao and Thrupp are also accused of torturing the pair.
An alleged drug syndicate with links to outlaw motorcycle groups has been disrupted after a major operation across Queensland and NSW.
Officers intercepted a van south of Brisbane on Thursday, which is alleged to contain six 44 gallon drums containing precursor chemicals for making methamphetamine.
Further searches uncovered another 400 litres of precursor chemicals at an industrial site in the same area.
An additional 130 kilograms of meth and 1.5 kilograms of cocaine was seized and a 30-year-old man arrested after a search warrant was executed in the Brisbane suburb of Eight Mile Plains.
Sydney crime gang figure arrested
A Sydney crime gang member has been charged with two counts of contravening a serious crime prevention order. © PR HANDOUT IMAGE PHOTO Strike Force Raptor was established to disrupt serious organised criminal activity in 2009. Strike Force Raptor arrested the man on Wednesday at an Auburn home and charged him with two counts of contravening a S In December the Supreme Court issued a 33-year-old man with a Serious Crime Prevention Order after a spate of public shootings between rival crime gangs in western Sydney.
NSW Police also found more than $475,000 in cash after intercepting and charging an interstate truck driver.
It will be alleged the interstate truck driver met with the Queensland offenders when exchanges took place.
The quantity of drugs seized is significant, but Acting Inspector Brad Phelps from Queensland police said the amount of precursor chemicals was particularly concerning.
"Those quantities of precursor chemicals could, in theory, produce very significant quantities of dangerous drugs, which would significantly impact and harm the community," he said on Friday.
He said the investigation targeted a syndicate with links to outlaw motorcycle groups including the Comancheros.
"Certainly it would appear that there's some cooperation between these outlaw motorcycle groups and coordination to bring these drugs to different communities in different states," he said.
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