Operation Dagobah, South Brisbane

Police have executed 25 search warrants and arrested 11 people as part of ongoing investigations into recent public acts of violence, including shootings, in the South Brisbane and Logan districts.

Investigators established Operation Dagobah, made up of members from the Crime and Intelligence Command’s Logan Major and Organised Crime Squad, and Brisbane and South Eastern regions, supported by specialist resources from Operations Support Command, to spearhead investigations into multiple incidents including where firearms were discharged into cars and residences.

Brisbane Regional Crime Coordinator Detective Superintendent Andrew Massingham said the seven shootings were being treated as linked to tensions between two rival groups.

“Operation Dagobah has been established as part of a commitment by Queensland Police to target these acts of violence between criminal networks,” Detective Superintendent Massingham said.

“A wide range of investigative strategies are currently being used to prevent and disrupt these groups. The shootings are organised and targeted and are not random attacks,” he said.

On June 16 it is alleged a male QPS officer driving an unmarked vehicle was deliberately targeted by members of one of the groups who rammed his car multiple times at Drewvale, causing injury to the officer.

Investigations resulted in the identification and arrest of two men alleged to be involved in the offence.

Twenty-five search warrants have been executed as part of the operation with 9 males aged from 17 to 23 taken into custody and charged following a brawl at a Mount Gravatt Shopping Centre on July 14.

The incidents being investigated as part of Operation Dagobah are:

• April 23 – Fourth Avenue, Marsden (shooting into residence, car fire)

• April 24 – Stiller Drive, Kuraby (shooting into residence)

• April 27 – Beris Crescent, Kuraby (shooting into residence)

• June 6 – Stiller Drive, Kuraby (shooting between vehicles)

June 8 – Compton Road, Woodridge (shooting between vehicles)

• June 24 – Jefferson Place, Stretton (enter residence and shooting of a male resident)

• July 4 – Gippsland Street, Calamvale (shooting into residence).

“Investigators are appealing for public assistance. Anyone who has any information about any of these incidents is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” Detective Superintendent Massingham said.

“The Operation involves a mixture of high police visibility and a strongly proactive investigative focus that traverses the lowest level of criminal activity through to the most serious.

“To simplify that approach we will throw whatever it takes at these groups to keep the community safe.”

Operation Dagobah Results:

A 22-year-old Calamvale man was charged with one count each of affray and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and is due appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on 19 August 19.

A 26-year-old Brisbane City man was charged with one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to remain at the scene of a traffic incident. He is due to appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on August 19.

A 28-year-old Berrinba man was charged with one count of contravene requirement (alleged registered owner of vehicle involved in the dangerous operation) and is due appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on August 19.

A 23-year-old Loganlea man was charged with one count each of affray and public nuisance and is due to appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on August 25.

A 22-year-old Drewvale man was charged with one count each of affray and contravening order about information necessary to access information stored electronically. He is due to appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on August 25.

A 19-year-old Underwood man was charged with one count each of affray, contravening order about information necessary to access information stored electronically and breach of bail. He is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on August 10.

A 19-year-old Woodridge man was charged with one count each of affray and contravening order about information necessary to access information stored electronically. He appeared in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on July 21.

A 21-year-old Underwood man was charged with one count each of affray, contravening order about information necessary to access information stored electronically and possessing dangerous drugs. He is due to appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on August 22.

A 21-year-old Kuraby man was charged with one count of affray and is due to appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on 22 August.

A 21-year-old Kuraby man was charged with one count of affray and appeared in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on July 21.

A 17-year-old Kuraby boy was charged with one count each of affray and contravening order about information necessary to access information stored electronically.

A male juvenile is still being sought by police to assist with inquiries in relation to the affray offence.

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