Police raid 10 Bundy homes
EIGHT people have been charged and about $20,000 of methylamphetamine seized in a series of drug raids across the Bundaberg region yesterday.
Ten homes were searched by Bundaberg police in the raids, which also uncovered a small amount of cannabis.
Drug dogs helped police search the homes, which were spread out across Bundaberg and into Coral Cove and Childers.
A 26-year-old North Bundaberg man is expected to face Bundaberg Magistrates Court this morning on four counts of supplying dangerous drugs.
The remaining suspects - a 34-year-old Walkervale woman and seven men aged between 21 and 36 - will appear in Bundaberg Magistrates Court in January to face a total of 23 drug-related charges.
The drug busts were part of Operation Juliet Minder, a Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch investigation launched in August.
Bundaberg police Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Hildred said the busts were a big step in reducing the drug culture in Bundaberg.
"We're committed to reducing the negative impacts of dangerous drugs on our community and will continue to dismantle these operations," he said.
"This investigation will have a significant positive impact on reducing the supply of dangerous drugs into our community."
Snr Sgt Hildred said in his experience, a reduction in the number of drugs often reduced other types of serious crime such as break and enters and assaults.
While the busts yesterday were a coup for the police, their work is not done yet.
"We expect further arrests over the next several weeks and investigations will continue," Snr Sgt Hildred said.
The series of busts comes just months after 15 homes in the Bundaberg region were raided for drugs in February as a part of Operation Ice Landsman.
It also comes after about 300kg of cocaine was seized at the Bundaberg Port Marina and in two cars as a part of an international operation by the Australian Federal Police.