Detectives have arrested eight people across Brisbane and the Gold Coast as part of a national joint operation targeting members and associates of the Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG).
The joint operation was supported by law enforcement agencies across Australia and New Zealand, coordinated through the National Taskforce Morpheus network.
Officers from the Organised Crime Gangs Group, Taskforce Maxima and Major and Organised Crime (South East Region), supported by the Corrective Services Investigation Unit and State Flying Squad executed multiple search warrants at residences and businesses in Narangba, Rochedale, Carina, Southport and Paradise Point yesterday.
During the raids police located a quantity of drugs including steroids, cocaine, hallucinogens and prescription medication, ammunition, cash and Mongols paraphernalia. In addition, 29 prisoners and their cells at five prisons were also searched.
In total eight people have been charged with 18 drug, weapons and explosives related offences.
Crime and Intelligence Command Acting Assistant Commissioner Katherine Innes said co-ordinated activities were an important part of disrupting OMCG criminal activity.
“These ongoing activities are based on real time intelligence, and in response to anti-social and violent behaviour by gang members, which impacts the safety of the community.
“OMCGs typically attract and recruit criminals and the Mongols are not a group of people innocently riding motorcycles. They have a history of violence and links to established criminal networks.
“We will continue to work collaboratively with our state, territory and Commonwealth partners to take action at every opportunity to dismantle and disrupt the illegal, anti-social and violent behaviours associated with OMCGs,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Innes said.
Police and Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan congratulated the Queensland Police Service following yesterday’s series of coordinated raids.
“Yesterday’s operation targeting members of the Mongols OMCG is further proof that the Government’s tough organised crime and anti-gang laws are working,” Minister Ryan said.
“The relentless pressure of police is constantly disrupting and preventing the threat these groups pose to society.
“Our laws are the strongest, toughest, most comprehensive laws in the nation.
“I commend the Queensland Police Service and its specialist anti-gang taskforce, Taskforce Maxima, for its relentless efforts targeting organised crime.
“The State Budget delivered a $5.4 million boost in funding to the operational capability of Queensland Organised Crime specialists.
“The message to OMCG groups is crystal clear – police are coming for you,” the Minister said.