In a major breakthrough for detectives, another seven men have today been charged with the execution-style murder of Gold Coast bikie Shane Bowden.
It comes after police raided a number of properties, including homes at Pimpama, Redland Bay, Underwood, Upper Coomera, Helensvale and Wanora.
The men were all taken into custody by detectives this morning, with police hailing today’s arrests as a “significant step towards dismantling organised crime”.
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A 35-year-old Upper Coomera man, 25-year-old Upper Coomera man, 23-year-old Helensvale man and 29-year-old Pimpama man are among those who have been charged with murder – serious organised crime.
A 41-year-old Underwood man, 29-year-old Underwood man and 29-year-old Redland Bay man have also been hit with the same charge.
They are all due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.
Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said today’s breakthrough has “decimated a whole chapter of the Mongols OMCG”.
“The numbers involved are unprecedented and will be nationally significant,” Detective Superintendent Smith said.
“It points to the true nature of these gangs but importantly the ability of law enforcement to break their so-called loyalty and code of silence and bring them to justice.”
It comes after a 46-year-old man, alleged to be the president of the Brisbane West Chapter of the Mongols outlaw motorcycle gang, was arrested and charged over the murder yesterday.
Police allege he was the mastermind behind the killing but did not pull the trigger.
“The murder of Shane Bowden involved significant planning by those involved resulting in a long and complicated investigation, but the dedication of the investigative team and our specialised units has borne fruit,” Detective Supt Smith said.
“The community can be assured that police have the ability to tackle organised crime groups regardless of their so-called sophistication.”
Bowden was gunned down while driving into the garage of his Pimpama home in the early hours of October 12, 2020.
The Finks bikie was returning home from the gym when his attackers pounced, firing up to 21 gunshots through his vehicle around 12.20am
Investigations into the murder are continuing, with police appealing for anyone with additional information which may assist and provide further closure for Mr Bowden’s family to come forward.
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