Heavily-armed officers busted down the door of an alleged commercial-sized drug lab, seizing $3million dollars in meth and heroin, as well as seven firearms and $153,000 in cash.
Three men allegedly linked to the Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle gang were arrested near the East Brisbane facility on November 4 and charged with a litany of offences including drug trafficking.
But it was one very strange detail that had seasons drug detectives scratching their heads.
A 2kg candle which looks identical to items sold at stores like Kmart was taken from the alleged drug lab and found to be infused with the street drug ice.
The bizarre Mexican Cartel tactic to conceal the dangerous drug was first identified on America’s east coast several years ago and has been a growing problem ever since as the waxy texture perfectly hides the dangerous substance.
Candles that look identical to items sold at stores like Kmart were taken from the alleged drug lab and found to be infused with the street drug ice (pictured)
The targeted organised crime investigation was probing the production and trafficking of methamphetamine.
It involved the Australian Federal Police, Queensland National Anti-Gangs Squad, Queensland Police Service Organised Crime Gangs Group and the Australian Crime and Intelligence Commission.
A Gold Coast man, 45, and an East Toowoomba man, 30, were arrested were both charged with one count each of ‘production of a dangerous drug, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of property suspected of being the proceeds of crime, possession of relevant things and two counts of possession of a dangerous drug.’
They were remanded in custody after appearing in Brisbane Magistrates Court and could each face 25 years behind bars.
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A Rockhampton man, 31, was also intercepted by police at nearby Miriam Vale with a search of his vehicle allegedly uncovering $151,000 in cash.
National Anti-Gangs Squad Commander Andrew Donoghoe said the raid which seized 8.5kg of drugs is a major breakthrough which will save lives.