Cash and drugs seized during the Townsville raids. Photo: QPS
Cash and drugs seized during the Townsville raids. Photo: QPS

‘Drug king pins’: Mother, son charged

A MOTHER and son have been accused of being the drug king pins behind a major Queensland drug trafficking network that has been smashed by police.

The mother and son, a 40-year-old woman and 19-year-old man, were arrested yesterday along with three other people when police swooped on properties in Townsville and Kirwan, seizing drugs and $180,000 in cash.

The arrests signal the closure of seven-month operation Dexter which targeted trafficking and supply of methylamphetamine and cannabis in the area.

Another search warrant in Rasmussen on December 21 last year resulted in police seizing numerous drug utensils, digital scales, two clip seal bags containing cannabis, one clip seal bag containing sixty cannabis seeds and a mobile phone.

Cannabis seized during the raids. Photo: QPS
Cannabis seized during the raids. Photo: QPS

Officers allegedly uncovered 'substantial evidence' of the alleged drug trafficking network during forensic examination of all electronic devices seized during various search warrants and tactical action.

A 19-year-old Railway Estate man has been charged with one count of trafficking in dangerous drugs, sixteen counts of supplying dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing property suspected of having been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence and possessing utensils or pipes that had been used.

Some of the drugs uncovered. Photo: QPS
Some of the drugs uncovered. Photo: QPS

A 40-year-old Railway Estate woman has also been charged with one count of trafficking in dangerous drugs, sixteen counts of supplying dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing property suspected of having been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence and possessing utensils or pipes that had been used.

Police will allege the 40-year-old woman and 19-year-old man are mother and son, and committed these offences as co-offenders.

A 44-year-old Kirwan man has been charged with one count each of supplying dangerous drugs, and possessing property suspected of being proceeds of drug offences, two counts of possessing dangerous drugs and one count of possessing property suspected of having been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence.

Cash and drugs seized during the Townsville raids. Photo: QPS
Cash and drugs seized during the Townsville raids. Photo: QPS

A 45-year-old Kirwan man has been charged with one count of major possession of above schedule dangerous drug (Methylamphetamine).

A 19-year-old Rasmussen woman has been charged with fourteen counts of supplying dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing utensils or pipes that had been used and possessing anything used in the commission of crime.

They are all scheduled to appear before the courts

Kirwan Police Station officer in charge senior sergeant Jason Brosnan said the operation and resulting charges were a great result.

Cash and drugs seized during the Townsville raids. Photo: QPS
Cash and drugs seized during the Townsville raids. Photo: QPS

He thanked the public for their assistance and said when the community and police work together they "can make a difference".

"This result has clearly disrupted an ongoing criminal enterprise which has flow on effects to property crime," he said.