Drugs and weapon charges, Wide Bay

Detectives from Taskforce Maxima and Maryborough Patrol Group have arrested 20 people following a week of action targeting drug activity in the Wide Bay area.

As part of Operation Romeo Doctrine, a tactical operation targeting various Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCG) police executed 11 search warrants in Maryborough and Hervey Bay on July 17 and 18.

Twenty people were charged with 46 offences including possession of dangerous drugs amphetamine, ice and cannabis.

As part of the raids, police seized two firearms including a shotgun and a rifle.

A 33-year-old Hervey Bay man was arrested on a return to prison warrant and charged with possession of dangerous drugs. He was further charged by Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch with armed robbery, deprivation of liberty and unlawful use of a motor vehicle relating to an incident in Bundaberg on July 10, 2019.

He appeared in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on July 18 and was remanded in custody to reappear in the same court on September 5, 2019.

The remaining individuals were served with Notices to Appear in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court in the coming weeks.

“The results of these operational activities demonstrate the commitment by State Crime Command to work in partnership with districts across Queensland to target serious and organised crime gangs and disrupt their illegal activities,” Detective Inspector Alisa La Pila of the Organised Crime Gangs Group said.

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