Arrests in major drug bust

Three former Warwick residents were among a number of people charged in relation to a major drug trafficking investigation in Brisbane earlier this month.

Matthew Peter Cross, 32, Andrew John Cross, 23, and Lloyd Michael Foran, 23, were among those arrested as part of ‘Operation Papa Hierarchy’, which police described as “a protracted operation targeting organised illicit drug distribution, particularly methylamphetamine and cocaine in Brisbane’s southside and bayside suburbs”.

The three appeared in court in Brisbane following their arrests and are due to face committal hearings in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday 5 August.

A Queensland Police Service (QPS) media statement said the 18-month joint operation involved detectives from the Cleveland Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) and the State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Group.

“Early on the morning of Wednesday 5 June detectives executed five search warrants at addresses in the Brisbane suburbs of Morningside, Fortitude Valley, Alexandra Hills and Birkdale,” the QPS statement said.

“Police will allege that during the searches dangerous drugs including cocaine, methylamphetamine, heroin and cannabis were located along with approximately $300,000 in cash, eight vehicles with a value of approximately $227,000, phones, jewellery and gun cases.”

Charges laid against those involved include trafficking and possession of dangerous drugs and possessing property obtained from drug trafficking.

Police will also allege the group has links to the Comanchero Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

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