May 26, 2020
Police have charged a total of 66 people during an eight-month operation targeting the supply of dangerous drugs in Blackbutt, Yarraman, Nanango and Kingaroy.
Operation Butza officially closed on Sunday night.
During the operation, which commenced in September 2019, police executed multiple search warrants, conducted vehicle intercepts, utilised covert surveillance and other tactical actions.
This resulted in 443 drug, property and weapon-related charges.
The operation culminated on Sunday with the arrest of a 25-year-old Kingaroy man in Blackbutt.
He was charged with 59 offences, including 57 counts of supplying dangerous drugs, and one count each of trafficking dangerous drugs and receiving or possessing property obtained from trafficking or supplying.
He was due to appear in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on Monday.
During Operation Butza, police say they seized drugs to the value of more than $237,000, including more than $21,000 of methamphetamine and $215,000 of cannabis, as well as stolen property and illegal firearms.
Detective Acting Superintendent Mat Kelly said the results reinforced the need to employ a joint approach between regional and specialist practitioners that target drug supply, demand and harm reduction.
“The Queensland community continues to consume illicit drugs at concerning levels, particularly in regional areas, which is empirically supported by waste water analysis and evident in the outcomes of this operation,” he said.
“Operation Butza has proven a great win for police and the community.”