AN ALLEGED former Bandidos bikie has been charged with a list of offences after early morning police raids uncovered a sophisticated drug laboratory on the Gold Coast.
Detectives from Taskforce Maxima arrested the 45-year-old man after officers allegedly located a clandestine drug laboratory, as well as an amount of methylamphetamine and a shortened firearm fitted with a silencer, during raids on an address in Upper Coomera earlier on Thursday.
Police will allege the man is a former patched member of the Bandidos Criminal Motorcycle Gang.
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Officers say they also found chemicals and a large quantity of spent reaction fluid at the property which is indicative the laboratory may have produced drugs in excess of $15 million.
Detective Inspector Brendan Smith of Taskforce Maxima said that this discovery has been a significant disruption to the criminal enterprises of the gang and it’s associates.
“It is further evidence of the link between the production of dangerous drugs and criminal gangs. The increase in gang numbers is clearly paralleled by the increase in the production and distribution of dangerous drugs,” Detective Inspector Smith said.
The man will face the Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow on eight charges.
He has been charged with one count each of produce dangerous drugs, possess dangerous drugs, posses relevant substance (laboratory chemicals), prohibited items (laboratory equipment and glassware), possess things used in the commission of a drug offence, unlawful possession of a weapon (Category D), unlawful possession of a weapon (Category R) and possess utensil.