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Australian journalist assaulted during drug raids

Wednesday 28 Sep 2011
A man has assaulted an ABC journalist covering a series of drug raids across south-east Queensland today, ABC News reports.

The man hit journalist Imogen Brennan and stole the keys to an ABC car at Mount Nathan near Nerang on the Gold Coast.

The news crew had been covering raids that targeted people with links to outlaw motorcycle gangs involved in the supply and production of GHB and methylamphetamine.

A total of 115 police officers exercised about 30 search warrants in simultaneous raids on the Gold Coast and at Logan and Ipswich.

Witnesses at the exclusive Palm Meadows estate reported hearing up to 20 shots around dawn.

“There were flashes and smoke and things like that,” one said.

Thirty-four people, including two members of the Finks outlaw motorcycle gang, have been arrested on more than 100 drug-related and other charges.

Police say the operation, codenamed Ice Vulcan, has put a serious dent in a major criminal network.