Dozens arrested in police operation targeting Bandidos drug distributors

A SIX-month police investigation targeting the drug distribution networks of the Bandidos bikie gang has culminated with more than 30 people arrested on 83 charges. 

Taskforce Maxima, in conjunction with officers from North Brisbane and Moreton Districts, launched Operation Mike Peninsula as part of ongoing enforcement action against criminal gangs and their networks.

The first phase of the operation was conducted on July 18, with a series of dawn raids in the Redcliffe, Kippa Ring and Narangba areas.


As a result, 17 people were arrested on 53 charges including supplying dangerous drugs, unlawful possession of weapons and possession of tainted property.

On Wednesday morning, the final phase of the operation was carried out with police simultaneously raiding ten properties in the Redcliffe Peninsula, Kallangur, Mago Hill, North Lakes and Narangba areas.

It’s alleged that during today’s operation, police seized cocaine, methyl-amphetamine (ICE), a hydroponic cannabis operation, a Taser and a set of knuckledusters.

An additional eight people were arrested on 18 charges, including two people charged with trafficking in methyl-amphetamines (ICE) and cannabis.

Further arrests are expected as investigations continue during the afternoon.

Taskforce Maxima Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said although criminal motorcycle gangs claim to be misunderstood, every day officers are arresting participants and members of their networks for alleged involvement in drug and property crime.

“Once again, we have found dangerous drugs and other unlawful property in possession of people with very clear links to criminal gangs,” Inspector Smith said.

“The links between these gangs and illegal drug distribution is clearly evident, as is the link between illegal drugs and property crime. This is why we are targeting them – their criminal activities are far reaching and they impact on everyday Queenslanders.

“This operation clearly demonstrates how Taskforce Maxima works hand in hand with local police to target CMG drug networks. It is having a real impact on everyday crime in these areas.”

Those charged with trafficking will face Redcliffe Magistrates Court this afternoon, with others issued with notices to appear.