POLICE from NSW and Queensland have closed a cross-border drug trafficking operation targeting the criminal activities of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang.
Last November, detectives from Ballina Police Station commenced an investigation into an alleged drug supply operation involving members of the Rebels’ Ballina Chapter.
Police inquiries indicated that members and associates of the gang were trafficking drugs from NSW over the border into Queensland where they were being sold to buyers on the Gold Coast.
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Ballina Detectives contacted officers in the Queensland Police Force’s Taskforce Maxima, who immediately joined the investigation and began to closely examine the gang’s activities on the Gold Coast.
Today, police executed a number of search warrants in NSW and Queensland, resulting in a number of arrests and the seizure of illicit drugs, firearms and weapons.
Police arrested a 31-year-old Bangalow man in New South Wales after allegedly seizing a quantity of amphetamines valued at $14,000. It is alleged the man is a patched member of the Rebels Criminal Motorcycle gang and Vice President of the Ballina chapter.
He was charged with being a participant in a criminal organisation and being knowingly present in a public place, two counts of drug trafficking with circumstance of aggravation (VLAD Act), one count each of possessing dangerous drugs with circumstance of aggravation (VLAD Act), possessing instructions for producing dangerous drugs, possessing house breaking tools and driving under the influence of drugs and five counts of disqualified driving.
A 19-year-old man from Carrara, was arrested and charged with being a participant in a criminal organisation and being knowingly present in a public place. It will be alleged this person is a participant of the Rebels Criminal Motorcycle Gang.
The offenders are due to face Southport Magistrates Court later today.
Detective Inspector Brendan Smith of Taskforce Maxima said the arrests were a result of both police agencies working in close collaboration.
“This operation clearly reflects the ongoing co-operation between Queensland and New South Wales Police. Both agencies work closely to target the activities of criminal motorcycle gangs,” Detective Inspector Smith said.
“These gangs attempt to exploit state borders in an attempt to hamper law enforcement efforts but the success of this operation obviously illustrates law enforcement work together to successfully target their criminal activity regardless of where they live and operate.
“These actions clearly reflect the Queensland and New South Wales Police commitment to disrupting and eliminating the criminal activities of these gangs.”
Investigations are continuing and additional arrests are expected throughout the day.