A GOLD Coast man has been charged under tough new anti-gang laws after he was allegedly caught associating with members of a local street gang, despite repeated warnings by police not to.
The 25-year-old was arrested during a raid on the Coast this morning and charged with habitual consorting under Queensland’s new Serious and Organised Crime legislation.
Police say the man is a member of the “Villians” street gang and criminal network and allege he defied official warnings not to consort with its members.
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He’d previously been issued two official warnings not to consort with recognised offenders, police said.
During Thursday morning’s raid, officers allegedly located a stash of steroids and unlawful weapons.
The man was also charged with possession of drug and weapon offences before being released from Southport Watchhouse this afternoon under strict bail conditions.
Detective Superintendent Roger Lowe of State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Gangs Group said the habitual consorting charge carries a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment.
“It is intended to disrupt and prevent serious criminal activity by deterring recognised offenders from establishing, maintaining or expanding criminal networks,” Det Supt Lowe said.
“Persons convicted of the offence can have control orders imposed by the courts.
“Those issued should understand the implications of disregarding warning notices.”
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.