A MAJOR police intelligence-gathering operation targeting the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang has resulted in the arrest of six people in Queensland.
Led by National Taskforce Morpheus, police from across Australia and New Zealand yesterday joined forces to gather information on members, check in on known addresses, and disrupt the gang’s criminal activities.
In a statement, the Queensland Police Service (QPS) said officers carried out a series of coordinated search warrants and “intelligence led action” to “lay the foundation for future strategic based operations”.
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To date, six people have been arrested on 14 charges in Queensland and 59 intelligence submissions have been made, while three patched Rebels have commenced the process of formally disassociating from the club.
Three tasers and 240g of cannabis have also been seized.
Queensland Police said the Rebels bikie gang is “very distinct from recreational motorcycle groups and clubs”.
“Outlaw motorcycle gangs continue to present a significant risk to the community, particularly with regards to organised crime as they continue to promote their presence in all states and territories,” QPS said in a statement.
“Recognising themselves as the one-percenters combined with their potential to use their network to commit acts of violence and intimidation, the Rebels OMCG is a highly established crime network.”
Taskforce Morpheus was formed in 2014 to build on the success of National Task Force Attero which resulted in 4,149 Rebels members, nominees or associates being charged or reported between 2012 and 2014.
The multi-agency taskforce is a joint initiative of all law enforcement agencies and Commonwealth partners.
You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.