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Ten people in custody following drug bust, Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach

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Police from Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach and Gympie with the assistance of the Drug and Serious Crime Group have today closed an operation targeting the large scale cultivation and distribution of cannabis in the local area.

Operation Argilite was commenced in late 2016 and targeted the activities of a group suspected to be involved in the commercial scale distribution of drugs in and around Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay.

As part of the investigation police from Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach and Gympie focused their attention on a group known to be coordinating the cultivation of cannabis crops in nearby national parks. The group was believed to then be harvesting and selling large scale amounts of the cannabis.

Investigators from the Drug and Serious Crime Group, State Crime Command provided assistance to local police to progress the investigation, including focusing on illegally gained assets.

The Crime and Corruption Commission also provided assistance after it was identified significant assets had been allegedly derived from this commercial cannabis enterprise. Restraining orders over these assets have been granted and served on those identified as being involved in this alleged distribution network.

“As a result of this investigation and community assistance, we have identified a group believed to have been active in growing cannabis for a substantial period of time. The proactive actions of the local police have been instrumental in ensuring that organised criminal elements do not gain leverage in the district,”
Detective Inspector Lance Vercoe of the Drug and Serious Crime Group said.

Ten people are currently in custody. Investigations remain ongoing and further information regarding charges will be available later today

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