Weekend raids, underground drug lab charges hit 276

POLICE put drug traffickers and producers on notice after raids across the city broke up intricate networks.

Eighteen people charged across the weekend will join the 65 arrested this month under Operation Oscar Glyph, a targeted crackdown on crime syndicates across the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley regions.

Tactical Crime Squad officers dismantled a deadly cannabis grow room in a South Toowoomba wardrobe and seized a replica Glock pistol, stockpiles of ammunition and illicit substances packaged for distribution.

The raids bring the total number of drug-related charges filed against users, producers and distributors to 276, which TCS Sergeant Peter Jenkins expected to rise in coming weeks.

"I think that, from a Tactical Crime Squad point of view, we're not going to ease up," Sgt Jenkins said.

"We're going to continue to work hard to try to get these people off the streets. (They) are trying to destroy our young people's lives."

Sgt Jenkins said the replica Glock pistol was disturbing given they were typically used in crimes such as home invasions and armed robberies.

Eight raids across the Toowoomba area at the weekend have led police to drug stockpiles, a replica weapon and drug-related paraphernalia, Monday, July 18, 2016.
Eight raids across the Toowoomba area at the weekend have led police to drug stockpiles, a replica weapon and drug-related paraphernalia, Monday, July 18, 2016. Kevin Farmer

Glocks are a standard issue handgun used by many in the Queensland Police Service.

Police also dismantled a small hydroponic cannabis grow room inside a built-in wardrobe in a South Toowoomba home which Sgt Jenkins said had posed a potentially deadly situation to home owners.

He said intense heat was needed in hydroponics which, when confined to a small area such as a wardrobe, increased the potential of a structure fire.

"The danger of that room going up (in flames) is quite significant," Sgt Jenkins said.

"If it had caught on fire, there would have been no getting out."

Police will allege prescription medicines found among the stockpiles were to be used to manufacture illicit substances such as methylamphetamines, or ice.

The raids were the culmination of hundreds of hours spent verifying crucial tips received via Crime Stoppers.

"We are making a concerted effort to work through the information the members of the public provide to act on in a prompt manner," Sgt Jenkins said.

"We've managed to act on the information that has been provided.

"The more information we get, the more we can curb crime and save lives by getting illicit drugs off the street."

A notebook detailing an alleged drug dealer's client list was also located.

The weekend raids follow warrants just a week ago which unearthed an elaborate underground cannabis lab, reptiles, stashes of illicit drugs and illegal firearms.

Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  crime drugs toowoomba

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