Police have today charged a further seven men with murder as part of ongoing investigations into the shooting death of 47-year-old Shane Bowden last year.
Detectives from the Gold Coast District, Crime and Intelligence Command, including Homicide and the Organised Crime Gangs Group, and other specialised police, executed eight search warrants at Pimpama, Redland Bay, Underwood, Upper Coomera, Helensvale and Wanora in relation to Operation Sierra Arch.
The Operation was commenced after Mr Bowden was shot in the driveway of a residence on Cox Road, Pimpama at around 12.10am on Monday, October 12, 2020.
Raids carried out by police today culminated in the arrest of eight people.
A 41-year-old Underwood man, a 29-year-old Underwood man, a 35-year-old Upper Coomera man, a 25-year-old Upper Coomera man, a 23-year-old Helensvale man, a 29-year-old Redland Bay man and a 29-year-old Pimpama man have all been charged with murder – serious organised crime.
They are all due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow (Monday, July 12).
A 37-year-old Wanora man was also arrested and charged with unlawful possession of category H weapon and is due to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on July 29.
South-Eastern Police Regional Crime Coordinator, Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said today’s action is a significant step towards dismantling organised crime.
“These arrests have decimated a whole chapter of the Mongols OMCG,” Detective Superintendent Smith said.
“The numbers involved are unprecedented and will be nationally significant.
“It points to the true nature of these gangs but importantly the ability of law enforcement to break their so-called loyalty and code of silence and bring them to justice.
“The murder of Shane Bowden involved significant planning by those involved resulting in a long and complicated investigation, but the dedication of the investigative team and our specialised units has borne fruit.
“The community can be assured that police have the ability to tackle organised crime groups regardless of their so-called sophistication.”
Police continue to seek community assistance for any additional information which may assist the investigation and provide further closure for Mr Bowden’s family.