By Manika Dadson
Tasmania Police has seized almost half a million dollars worth of drugs bound for the state’s streets, along with 11 firearms and suspected stolen property.
The drugs include heroin, ice, MDMA and cannabis.
The substances were seized following police raids in the Launceston suburbs of Newstead and St Leonards yesterday.
Eleven guns, plus suspected stolen power tools, mountain bikes, motorbikes and a boat were also seized.
The majority of goods were found at the former Killafaddy meatworks site.
Tasmania Police Detective Inspector Gary Williams said the amount of drugs seized was significant.
“Tasmania is not immune to the scourge of amphetamine within Australia, but finding that amount in one search is not something that happens very often,” he said.
“Tasmania Police will continue to interject with those in the community who intend to cause the community harm.”
A 36-year-old man from Newstead and a 39-year-old from St Leonards have been charged following the raids.
One has been charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, the other with unlawfully possessing stolen property.
“We do expect that they’ll be further charges laid,” Detective Williams said.
The men were known to police, but are not believed to have links to outlaw motorcycle gangs.
It is understood the property was stolen from various parts of the state over the past 12 months.