A major Gold Coast drug trafficking and Identity theft ring, which police claim has links to the Hells Angels, has been smashed.
Officers from Task Force Maxima arrested 16 people on more than 230 charges in 18 raids on the Gold Coast, Logan and New South Wales yesterday.
A quantity of cannabis, MDMA, methylamphetamine, steroids, ammunition and stolen property including three laptops, passports and a camera allegedly obtained during burglaries on the Gold Coast were seized during the operation.
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A Hudson motorcycle racing engine, believed to be purchased using stolen credit cards was also seized.
Police laid 232 charges including five counts of trafficking dangerous drug, 164 charges of supplying dangerous drugs, four counts of producing dangerous drugs, 16 counts of possessing dangerous drugs, 10 counts of fraud, three counts of disqualified driving and one count of possessing explosives.
“We have shut down what we believe is a major drug trafficking and identity theft syndicate operating throughout the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales,” Detective Inspector Phillip Stevens of Taskforce Maxima said.
“This is a significant win for us and the community.
“If you associate with OMCG’s you will come to the attention of Taskforce Maxima and you will be dealt with as yesterday’s results demonstrate.”
Those arrested will appear in court in the coming weeks.