POLICE have charged six bikies and seized hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of drugs, cash and stolen property following raids across the south-east over the weekend.
On Friday, officers allegedly uncovered a quantity of cannabis, amphetamines, restricted drugs, other drug paraphernalia and ammunition at a house at Istana View, Clear Island Waters.
A 45-year-old Clear Island Waters man, who is an alleged associate of a number of Criminal Motorcycle Gangs, was charged with one count each of possessing a dangerous drug, possessing a restricted drug, unlawfully possession of explosives (ammunition), fail to correctly store ammunition and assault occasioning bodily harm. He is due to reappear in the Southport Magistrates Court on 16 December 2014.
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On the same day, police seized an alleged stolen bobcat, valued at approximately $56,000 at an Alexandra Hills address targeting the Lone Wolf CMG. Police will allege the vehicle was stolen from a Boyne Island Plumbing Business in July, 2014.
Police will also allege they located gang membership paraphernalia (clothing, vests and patches), a quantity of cannabis and a bladed knuckleduster.
A 38-year-old Alexandra Hills man, who is alleged to be a patched member and Sergeant at arms, of the Lone Wolf CMG, was charged with unlawful possession of a motor vehicle, possession of a dangerous drug and possession of a restricted weapon. He is expected to appear in the Cleveland Magistrates Court on January 20.
On Saturday, police allegedly located a quantity of cannabis, other drug paraphernalia and fireworks at a Redcliffe address.
A 19-year-old Redcliffe man, an alleged participant of the Rebels CMG, was charged with one count each possession of a dangerous drug, Possession of drug utensils, Possession of property suspected of being used in a drug offence and possession of explosives (fireworks).
A 23-year-old Redcliffe man, an alleged participant of the Rebels CMG, was charged with the possession of a dangerous drug and possession of a drug utensil.
A 49-year-old Redcliffe man, an alleged patched member of the Rebels CMG, was charged with one count of possession of drug utensils.
All three men are due to appear in the Redcliffe Magistrates Court on 15 December 2014.
Also on Saturday, a 40-year-old Carina man was also charged with a several offences after officers from the Upper Mount Gravatt Road Policing Unit and Dutton Park CIB intercepted an alleged member of the Bandidos Criminal Motorcycle Gang. He was charged with one count each of possessing a dangerous drug (Cocaine), possessing tainted property (cash $2200), disqualified driving and driving while under the influence of an illicit substance. His vehicle was also forfeited to the State.
Yesterday, search warrants were executed at two Amamoor properties on Moorhouse Gully Road. Extensive searches located three separate sheds allegedly being used to grow cannabis.
In total, 224 cannabis plants, with a potential value of over $500,000, were seized along with a large quantity of growing equipment, steroids and drug paraphernalia.
A 53-year-old Amamoor woman was charged with producing a dangerous drug, possessing a dangerous drug and possessing things used in the commission of a crime. She is due to appear in the Gympie Magistrates Court at a later date.
A further arrest is expected as investigations continue into the Amamoor seizure which is believed to be linked to the Finks / Mongols CMG.
Detective Inspector Brendan Smith of Taskforce Maxima said: “These results demonstrate the QPS’ commitment to disrupting the criminal activities of Criminal Motorcycle Gangs. Taskforce Maxima is not restricted by time or distance and we have the capability to be anywhere, anytime in an effort to target the unlawful activities of these gangs and their networks.”
“The variety of the types of crime CMG participants and associates are involved in clearly reflects their obsession with money and greed with no consideration for the people they hurt and the damage they cause to the Queensland community,” he said.