VIDEO: $1.5m worth of ice seized in Coast drug raids

SUNSHINE Coast police have today wrapped up an eight month investigation, making a total of 92 arrests and seizing millions of dollars worth of the drug ice.

Operation Mike Tyras targeted a commercial ice network distributing throughout the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and other regional centres across Queensland.

The multi-agency operation was started in October 2014 by Sunshine Coast detectives targeting an organised crime network on the Sunshine Coast. Investigators then identified an extensive and widespread criminal organisation operating out of Brisbane.

The operation involved over 250 staff from the QPS, Australian Border Force and the Crime and Corruption Commission.

92 people have been charged with 214 offences, 41 of them from the Sunshine Coast were charged with drug  trafficking.

During the course of the operation police seized in excess of 2.5kg of the drug ice valued at a commercial price of $1.5 million.

During the operation a large number of tactical actions were undertaken throughout Queensland and extending up to Cairns.

The alleged syndicate heads of the criminal organisation were arrested and charged with drug trafficking and being members of a criminal organization under the VLAD laws in Brisbane last week as part of a separate operation. 

Over the course of the operation, police have seized large quantities of methylamphetamines and cannabis, as well as other items including property and money.  

"The arrests last week leading into the closure of this operation and further arrests today will have a significant impact on the supply of dangerous drugs on the Sunshine Coast and Moreton areas," Sunshine Coast Crime Services Detective Inspector Dave Drinnen said.

"This has been one of the largest and most successful drug operations in the past 10 years on the coast and Moreton and has been an outstanding result.

"It is concerning to see the networks operating at such a high level and allegedly dealing in such large quantities so widespread across our community."  

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