March 28, 2019
Earlier this month detectives from the Drug and Serious Crime Group, alongside members of Warwick CIB and the Toowoomba Dog Squad, executed a search warrant at a Kessler Rd property at Old Talgai, southwest of Toowoomba.
During the search, police allegedly found 1825 cannabis plants with an estimated value of $4,562,500 and over 139 kilograms of dried cannabis with a value of $918,000.
Three people were arrested and were charged with production and possession of dangerous drugs charges.
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Police allegedly uncovered more than $5 million worth of cannabis at a property at Old Talgai. Picture: Queensland Police Service
Upon further investigation, Australian Border Force officials confirmed that two of the individuals were unlawful non-citizens and one was working in breach of a Bridging Visa.
This week, a 48-year-old woman, two men aged 46 and a 45-year-old man were arrested following the interception of vehicles in the Leyburn area, southwest of Toowoomba.
Four of the alleged offenders were charged at the Warwick watchhouse and appeared before the Warwick Magistrates Court on Thursday.
The arrests were part of Operation Papa Cider — an ongoing operation conducted by State Crime Command’s Drug and Serious Crime Group.
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Police at the Old Talgai property. Picture: Queensland Police Service
The operation has already resulted in many arrests, including the arrest of two people and the seizure of $1,350,000 worth of cannabis seized from growhouses at Moorooka, Upper Mount Gravatt and Annerley on June 15.
“Operation Papa Cider is about more than just the production and trafficking of dangerous drugs on our streets. We have been working closely with our partners at the ABF and the Australian Federal Police to target the exploitation of unlawful non-citizens for the sole purpose of producing and manufacturing these drugs,” Drug and Serious Crime Group Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker said.
ABF QLD Regional Commander Terry Price also praised the outcome.
“Once again this result highlights what can be achieved when we work closely with state law enforcement. The ABF is committed to combating criminal conduct such as this as we fight to keep the Australian community safe,” he said.