by Michael Wray, The Courier-Mail
DOZENS of police executed morning raids across southwest Queensland this morning, targeting the region's largest alleged ice traffickers and suppliers.
The raids centred on St George, about 550km west of Brisbane, after detectives spent up to 12 months investigating the drug networks fuelling rampant ice use in some sections of the community.
Police gathered before dawn before sweeping into town from the north and peeling off to target properties that detectives believed were being used to run large scale ice rings.
Some of the properties had up to six children inside and in one, a baby could be heard crying while police and sniffer dogs searched for drugs.
On Marie St, police quickly led out a line of children who were in either pyjamas or half-dressed for school. They jumped briefly on a trampoline while police searched inside the house.
A lady living across the road bought the children over to her house, which was also being searched.
On Anne St, police were forced to use capsicum spray to subdue a man who attacked officers as they entered the house.
Other angry adults in the household remonstrated with police in the front yard.