Sunshine Coast Tactical Crime Squad Officer in Charge, Senior Sergeant Troy Pukallus, with marijuana and weapons seized in a hinterland raid.
Sunshine Coast Tactical Crime Squad Officer in Charge, Senior Sergeant Troy Pukallus, with marijuana and weapons seized in a hinterland raid. Brett Wortman

Hinterland raid nets guns, drugs

A TWO-DAY hinterland haul has brought an end to a specialist police squad's nine-month campaign that seized drugs worth half a million dollars on the Sunshine Coast.

Five men were charged on Thursday after raids on Kenilworth and Gheerulla properties where $80,000 worth of cannabis plants and weapons, including rifles and a replica handgun, were found.

Twenty-seven one metre high cannabis plants were seized from a Gheerulla property on Thursday.

Police said guns were also seized at the same property and another at Kenilworth.

A 17-year-old Kenilworth man was charged with producing and possession of dangerous drugs and possession of utensils.

A 59-year-old Gheerulla man was charged with producing and possession of a dangerous drug and unlawful possession of a weapon and failing to secure a weapon.

Two men aged 20 and another 22-year-old man were also charged with drug offences.

All five will appear in various Sunshine Coast courts next month.

The arrests bring the tally to 122 alleged offenders picked up in Sunshine Coast Tactical Crime Squad raids in nine months.

Squad police said the majority of arrests were familiar faces and names.

Squad officer in charge Troy Pukallus said the majority of drugs seized were cannabis, closely followed by amphetamines.

The squad's drug haul, worth $525,000, comes despite it being tasked to flood relief efforts for months at a time in North Queensland and the Darling Downs.

Six weeks were also spent at the Glasshouse Mountains in the search for Daniel Morcombe's remains.

Senior Sergeant Pukallus said a large number of the 70 raids on residences this year were due to the vigilance of community members.

"We always investigate claims first before search warrants are executed," Snr Sgt Pukallus said.

"The majority of offenders are local residents, but during the busy tourist season we urge anyone who witnesses suspicious activity to take notes of cars, smells and every possible detail to assist police with their investigations."


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