More than $370,000 in cash, drugs, and an encrypted mobile phone have been seized by police during dawn raids across the Gold Coast targeting an “organised crime syndicate” with outlaw motorcycle gang links.
Detectives executed several search warrants on properties at Palm Beach, Miami, Burleigh Waters, Tallebudgera Valley and Mermaid Waters on Thursday.
During the raids, police allegedly located approximately $373,000 in cash, quantities of cocaine, a drug press, 60 vials of cannabis oil, an air rifle and an encrypted mobile phone.
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A 45-year-old Palm Beach man, who police say is a former Sergeant of Arms of the Bandidos OMCG, was charged with several offences including one count of trafficking dangerous drugs, two counts of supply dangerous drugs and two counts of possession of dangerous drugs.
He is due to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court today.
A 45-year-old Tallebudgera man was also charged with one count of trafficking dangerous drugs and will also appear in Southport Court today.
While a 66-year-old Palm Beach man has been issued a notice to appear for possession of a Category A weapon (air rifle) and will appear in court on August 20.
“Police will continue to investigate and disrupt criminal groups, which continue to operate and exploit the community during this global pandemic,” Queensland Police said in a statement.
Detectives from the Organised Crime Gangs Group and Maxima, with the assistance of the Gold Coast Criminal Investigation Branch and Australian Federal Police were involved in the raids.