It looks like a candle you’d find at Kmart – but police are on a mission to get these dangerous items off Australia’s streets… and with very good reason
- Police raid uncovers meth-infused candle, haul of firearms and piles of cash
- Three men linked to the Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle gang were charged
- More than $3million dollars in meth and heroin was allegedly seized at property
- Seven firearms were also uncovered at the clandestine ‘drug lab’ in Brisbane
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.
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.
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. Pictured: One of the arrests unfolding
The targeted organised crime investigation was probing the production and trafficking of methamphetamine. Pictured: One of the suspects is seen handcuffed
‘Meth and heroin cause horrendous damage to the community through addiction and family violence, all in the name of greed for organised crime,’ he said.
‘There’s nowhere to hide for groups who seek to produce or peddle drugs like meth, the full force of the Australian Federal Police and our partners is coming for you.’
Queensland Police Service Detective Acting Superintendent Craig McGrath said ‘The seizure of the firearms, also greatly reduces the risk of harm to the community, by removing them from the hands of gang members.’
The US Drug Enforcement Agency uncovered over $1million dollars worth of meth-infused candles in a single drug raid in 2017 and warned that candles infused with methamphetamine would become a growing issue for police and border agents.
Seven rifles and handguns (pictured0 were seized in the raid at the Brisbane facility
Heavily armed officers busted down the door of an alleged commercial-sized drug lab (pictured), seizing $3million dollars in meth and heroin, as well as seven firearms and $153,000 in cash
‘DEA has seen drugs smuggled in numerous ways: concealed in puppies, lollipops, furniture, and produce,’ the drug agency said at the time.
‘But secreting a million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine in wax candles of various shapes is shocking.’
The Toowoomba man due to appear in court on November 16 and the Gold Coast man is scheduled for December 6.
The Rockhampton man charged with possession of tainted property is expected to appear in Gladstone Magistrates Court on November 22.