22 charged after meth, guns, body armour seized in bikie raids

TWENTY-two people have been charged with 104 offences after Queensland’s elite bikie taskforce seized a stash of drugs, guns, ammo and body armour from several properties on the Darling Downs.

Detectives yesterday wrapped up Operation Quebec Sofala and executed a number of search warrants on addresses in Warwick, Wheatvale, Cottonvale, Tannymorel, Severnlea, Leyburn and Pittsworth.

During a search at an address of an alleged Bandidos bikie in Warwick, police allegedly seized a number of unlicensed firearms including a handgun, several long arms, body armour and ammunition.


Police said investigators also found a significant quantity of dangerous drugs at the Warwick address.

More weapons and a stash of crystal meth or ‘ice’, cannabis, steroids and prescription medication were seized from the other properties.

As a result of the operation, 22 people have been arrested on 104 charges for drug and weapons offences as well as breaches of domestic violence orders.

Police said among those charged were “a number of known OMCG members and associates”.

They’ll front Magistrates Courts in Warwick and Stanthorpe at later dates.

Detective Inspector Tim Leadbetter said the joint operation was a success.

“Taskforce Maxima with District police will continue to target members and associates of gangs causing harm to the community through the distribution of drugs and possession of weapons.”

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