Queensland Police charge four people linked to Brisbane gym franchise with money laundering

Queensland Police have charged four people in connection with a lengthy money laundering investigation in which more than $1.5 million is believed to have been transferred to an offshore site.

The charges come after police intercepted a plane at Redcliffe Airport in 2020 and seized cocaine, large amounts of cannabis and $9 million in cash and weapons.

The incident led to Operation Romeo Mugwort and further evidence of the alleged laundering.

Police have identified people linked to a gym franchise operating in Brisbane who allegedly transferred structured money deposits via a money transfer service to an overseas location.

Detectives have questioned a man at a Brisbane gymnasium who was allegedly linked to transferring money to offshore accounts. (Provided: Queensland Police Service)

A 33-year-old man from Morningside has been charged with nine counts of knowingly money laundering, and a 51-year-old woman from the West End has been charged with 34 counts of the same offence.

A 37-year-old man from Lawnton and a 44-year-old man from the West End have each been charged with one count of knowingly aggravated money laundering being part of a criminal organisation.

All four have been released on bail and will appear in Brisbane Magistrates’ Court on August 24.

Detectives are expected to make further arrests and have urged anyone with information to contact police.

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