Major police operation targets drug and firearm trafficking

Several people have been arrested following a major police operation in Southern Tasmania this morning targeting drug and firearm trafficking.


This morning, Wednesday 12 June 2019, members of Southern Drug Investigation Services, supported by general and specialist police, simultaneously executed a number of search warrants at addresses in Southern Tasmania. One of those premises was fortified.


Significant seizures have been made as a result of the investigation. This includes a vehicle seized from a Moonah premises which police believe has relevance to the investigation into the murder of Jarrod Leigh Turner at Colebrook on 14 April this year.


As a result of entry to one of the premises, a man received an injury to the buttocks and is currently receiving medical treatment at the Royal Hobart Hospital.


Today’s searches relate to an extensive investigation, codenamed Operation Gold, targeting the organised trafficking of crystal methylamphetamine (ICE), cannabis and firearms in Tasmania.


Investigations are continuing and police expect to provide an update on seizures and charges in due course.


A subsequent media release updating the number of arrests made will follow as soon as possible.