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Qld police in pre-schoolies drug blitz

AAP logoAAP 16/11/2016 Ed Jackson

Just days out from the start of Schoolies celebrations, police have seized about $75,000 worth of drugs on the Gold Coast.

Several raids across the Gold Coast on Tuesday and Wednesday resulted in the haul, including 740 MDMA pills and a chunk of methamphetamine valued at $47,000.

Police launched the investigation after a mass overdose in October which led to the death of Victorian footballer Riki Stephens.

The haul is being viewed by police as a big step in ensuring the safety of the 20,000-plus school leavers who will descend on Surfers Paradise for a week of celebrations from Saturday.

"That's obviously quite important to police that we're trying to provide that safe environment for school leavers to go out to the areas around Surfers Paradise without particular people plying their drug trade," Detective Inspector Mark Thompson said.

Mr Stephens, 27, was on an end-of-season footy trip when he became unwell after taking what police believe was a cocktail of hallucinogenic substances.

Toxicology results indicated Mr Stephens had taken a mixture of MDMA and a synthetic version of LSD known as N Bomb or N-BOMe.

Det Insp Thompson said no synthetic substances such as N Bomb were among Wednesday's haul.

He warned school leavers last month's mass overdose should serve as a timely reminder of the perils of drug-taking.

"There is no safe drug," he said.

"There is no safe quantity of drug.

"Anyone who has taken an illicit drug or any drug that hasn't been prescribed to them by a medical practitioner is running the very real risk of overdose."

Twenty-two people face a total of 70 charges following the raids and will front court in the coming weeks.

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