Police operation nabs Rebels bikie with explosives and ICE

A REBELS bikie allegedly in possession of explosives, ICE and Cocaine has been arrested following yet another major police investigation into drug trafficking on the Gold Coast.

Detectives from Taskforce Maxima made the arrest overnight, following a joint cross-border operation with the NSW Police Force which commenced in November last year and targeted the drug trafficking activities of the Rebels criminal motor cycle gang in Ballina.

Investigations identified the offenders were trafficking dangerous drugs on the Gold Coast and police first took action in January this year, conducting a series of raids across the Gold Coast and northern NSW.


A vehicle suspected of transporting drugs from New South Wales into Queensland was intercepted and searched, with officers allegedly locating a quantity of drugs, ammunition and other drug paraphernalia.

Subsequent investigations in relation to the items located in vehicle identified additional offences, leading to the arrest of a 31-year-old man from Bangalow, NSW who police alleged is a patched member of the Rebels and was the Sergeant of Arms of the Ballina Chapter at the time of the offences.

He has been charged as a Vicious Lawless Associate (VLAD Act) in relation to possession of a dangerous drug (ICE) with a circumstance of aggravation of exceeding the scheduled quantity and possession of dangerous drug (Cocaine).

He was further charged with possession of explosives and drug driving.

The 31-year-old man is expected to face Southport Magistrates Court today.