Police raids nab bikies, associates and shut off major meth supply to Ipswich

DETECTIVES from the Ipswich Criminal Investigation Branch and Taskforce Maxima have charged four alleged Bandido bikies and associates with drug and weapons offences following a series of raids across the Gold Coast, Ipswich and Calamvale.

As part of Operation Lima Bordeaux, police raided seven properties including storage sheds where it’s alleged a quantity of methylamphetamine, cannabis, precursor chemicals and glassware for drug manufacturing, ammunition and two replica handguns were located.

It’s understood a flash grenade was also located inside a storage shed at Ipswich.


Ipswich District Detective Inspector Lew Strohfeldt said he believed the operation had significantly disrupted the supply of Methylamphetamine in the Ipswich area.

A 29-year-old Southport man was among those arrested and will appear in the Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow charged with possessing dangerous drugs.

A 49-year-old Raceview man was also charged with receiving tainted property and will appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court today, while a 36-year-old Newtown man charged with producing, trafficking and possessing dangerous drugs will face Ipswich Court tomorrow.

A 57-year-old Ripley man who police allege is a former member of the Comancheros Criminal Motorcycle Gang and associte of the Bandidos was also arrested, charged with drug trafficking and the unlawful possession of concealable weapons.

He’s scheduled to appear before the Ipswich Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Operation Lima Bordeaux was launched by Ipswich CIB and later joined by Taskforce Maxima in September last year to target the criminal activity of members and associates of Criminal Motorcycle Gangs.