POLICE say they seized ice and MDMA pills with a street value of about $8000 in a couple of hours at a busy Sunshine Coast nightlife precinct.
About 40 police, including drug detection dogs, patrolled Ocean St as well as the riverside area of Sunshine Plaza on Friday night.
Sunshine Coast District Tactical Crime Squad officer-in-charge Troy Pukallus said about 1000 people were approached by detector dogs and about 40 or 50 of those people gave an indication of drug possession.
Not all of them had drugs on them as some just had traces that alerted the dogs.
Senior Sergeant Pukallus said a total of 120 MDMA pills, with a street value of about $3000 and nine grams of ice, with a street value of about $5000, were seized.
He said the more serious interceptions included a man with 50 pills on him and another man with 20 pills.
"These sort of quantities... there is a commercial aspect to that," Snr Sgt Pukallus said.
"It's not just personal use."
He said officers had not done such an intensive operation in Ocean St for "a while" and said based on the results, there would be more to come.
"We are hoping that if we keep doing this enforcement activity... there is less likely to be these large quantities out on the street."
Snr Sgt Pukallus said venue owners tended to be very receptive of the increased police presence.
"They don't want drugs inside their premises."
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