NSW Police: $4.5million worth of luxury cars, jewellery, cash, guns and drugs seized in major operation

Nearly $5 million worth of drugs, luxury cars and jewelry, cash and firearms were seized in an intense two-week multi-agency police operation targeting organized crime networks across NSW and QLD.

Operation Viking took place over two weeks and included NSW and Queensland Police and the Australian Federal Police.

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NSW Police said this led to the confiscation of $4.5 million in drugs – including cocaine, methylamphetamine and cannabis – and $150,000 in cash from properties spanning the border towns of Northern Rivers and Gold Coast.

In Seelands, police seized chemicals and equipment believed to have been used to manufacture drugs, as well as 1 kg of cannabis, in July.

The following day, a 44-year-old man in Ewingsdale was given a gun prohibition order and his property was searched, where firearms, $10,000 in cash, luxury watches and electronics were found. seized.

Later that week in Bilambil Heights, the home of an alleged 36-year-old member of the Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) was raided, where police reportedly located a bar at the back of his home.

The venue was dismantled by police after seizing gang paraphernalia, quantities of alcohol with a price list and cannabis.

MONGOLS is an outlaw motorcycle gang. Credit: New South Wales Police
A bar was dismantled, after police located what appeared to be a MONGOLS clubhouse. Credit: New South Wales Police

On July 25, police raided a home in Tweed Heads and reportedly found cannabis, over 130g of suspected cocaine, over $18,000 in cash and electronic devices.

A 53-year-old man has been charged with drug offences.

Suspected criminal networks have been raided in northern New South Wales and border towns on the Gold Coast. Credit: New South Wales Police
The operation spanned towns in NSW and QLD. Credit: AFP

On July 26, a 27-year-old man was arrested in Tweed Heads South, for allegedly unlawful possession of a loaded gun and ammunition in his home.

Several properties were searched subject to firearms prohibition orders. Credit: AFP
A man is arrested during the operation. Credit: New South Wales Police

Later in the day, two hydroponic cannabis cultivation laboratories were reportedly located at a residence in Carrara, along with 2.5 kg of dried and packaged cannabis.

A 55-year-old man has been charged with drug offences.

Two hydroponic cannabis cultivation laboratories were reportedly located in a residence in Carrara. Credit: New South Wales Police
Luxury items were seized during the raids. Credit: New South Wales Police

Police hope the two-week operation has brought them closer to dismantling suspected criminal networks in the area.

The Australian Federal Police have played a key role because of their ability to gather intelligence across state borders, Northern Command Deputy Commissioner Lesa Gale told AFP.

“Our message to organized crime is simple. We will not stop in our mission to outsmart you and protect the Australian community,” she said.

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