Three Gympie men charged after drug ring busted

THREE Gympie men have been charged following a police operation that has busted a drug trafficking ring stretching from Brisbane to Hervey Bay and including Gympie.

The men join 108 people facing 260 charges following the 15-month Operation Lima Kayo, which culminated in the execution of a number of search warrants across Wide Bay yesterday.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Mick Polit, Officer in Charge of Maryborough CIB, said the three Gympie men are believed to be part of a drug distribution network run by Operation Lima Kayo's "main target", who "often travelled down to Gympie (from Hervey Bay) to drop stuff off".

A 21-year-old Channon St man, arrested in Blake St, will face a charge in Gympie Magistrates Court of supplying a dangerous drug.

Two other men, one 22 and one 57-years-old and already in jail, are expected to face similar charges. A quantity of methylamphetamine was seized in Gympie.

Police from the Maryborough Patrol Group and Brisbane Dog Squad carried out the operation.

Lima Kayo began in November 2013, targeting a number of people suspected of trafficking in methylamphetamine between Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Hervey Bay.

Most of the 260 charges are drug related, but a number of weapons charges were also made. A large quantity of methylamphetamine, cannabis, cash, firearms and stolen property were recovered and more than 20 break and enter offences were solved.

More than half a kilogram of methylamphetamine and 15kg of cannabis was seized in raids across Hervey Bay.

Five people have been charged with trafficking in methylamphetamine and appeared in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday.

A 27-year-old Urangan man, a 27-year-old Torquay woman, a 40-year-old Takura man, a 25-year-old Torbanlea man and a 23-year-old Torquay man faced court.

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