Alleged hoon ringleader’s home raided by Gold Coast Police

Police have raided the Gold Coast home of the alleged ringleader of the notorious Mexican Hoon Cartel.

Officers swooped on the Varsity Lakes home on Tuesday morning as part of an investigation into the destruction of election signs belonging to Mudgeeraba MP Ros Bates.

Ms Bates has been a vocal campaigner against hooning on the Gold Coast.


It’s understood Police seized a laptop, a computer and a balaclava from the home.

No arrests were made and no charges have been laid.

The Mexican Hoon Cartel has targeted Ms Bates during the election campaign, openly destroying and defacing her election signs and posting footage of their antics on social media.

Videos posted last week show members of the group doing burnouts on a sign, while others were cut and graffitied.

Fresh footage was posted by the group on Monday night, with a car seen doing a burnout over a sign that had already been defaced.

Ms Bates has slammed the ‘criminal thugs’ responsible for the damage.

“I am sick to death of hoons in Mudgeeraba and this criminal behaviour that’s been occurring will not intimidate me,” she said.

“You cannot threaten me or my family, or the residents of Mudgeeraba, without police taking action.”

It comes as the LNP doubles its commitment to crack down on hoons on the Gold Coast.

Related: WATCH: Local MP targeted by notorious hoon gang

The Opposition has pledged to boost its spending on anti-skid road surfaces from $500,000 to $1 million.

The surface shreds the tyres of cars that do burnouts on it, but does not affect vehicles driven normally.

Shadow Police Minister Dan Purdie says the funding would allow the surface to be laid at 80 hooning hotspots.

“Hooning gangs have caused misery for communities and put the lives of law-abiding motorists at risk,” Mr Purdie said.

“The support from the community for the LNP’s attack plan to roll out tyre-shredding road surfaces in burnout hotspots has been incredible.

“It’s time to get hoons off our streets and make communities safe again.”