Habitual consorting charge, Gold Coast

A 21-year-old Gold Coast man has been charged with Habitual Consorting under the new Serious and Organised Crime legislation, Queensland Police say.

The man was charged having been previously issued two official warnings not to consort with recognised offenders. Police allege the man is a former member of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang. It is further alleged he has continued to consort with recognised offenders identified in the previous official warning notices.

The man was charged following the execution of a search warrant on an Upper Coomera home on Saturday.

In relation to the habitual consorting charge, he appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court this morning where he was given strict bail conditions to reappear on August 30.

“The habitual consorting charge carries a potential three years imprisonment and is intended to disrupt and prevent serious criminal activity by deterring recognised offenders from establishing, maintaining or expanding criminal networks.

“Persons convicted of the offence can have control orders imposed by the courts. Those issued should understand the implications of disregarding warning notices,” Detective Acting Chief Superintendent Roger Lowe of State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Gangs Group said.

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