Criminal Groups Squad detectives have charged a senior Nomads outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) member over the alleged supply of prohibited drugs and firearms following information received during Operation Ironside.
In 2018, Operation Ironside was established by the Australian Federal Police, together with Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, to investigate serious organised crime and outlaw motorcycle gangs allegedly responsible for large-scale drug importations, drug manufacture and violent criminal activity.
As part of the international operation, officers attached to ACT Police executed a search warrant at a home at Kingston, ACT, about 1.15pm on Monday (7 June 2021).
During the search, officers seized a mobile phone, which was subsequently forensically examined and found to contain an encrypted messaging platform.
As part of ongoing inquiries, detectives arrested a 35-year-old man at Queanbeyan Police Station about 1.10pm yesterday (Wednesday 9 June 2021).
The Kingston man was subsequently charged with six offences including;
- supply prohibited drug (indictable quantity),
- conspiracy to commit supply prohibited drug (commercial quantity),
- supply prohibited firearm to unauthorised person,
- supply prohibited firearm subject prohibition order,
- participate criminal group contribute criminal activity, and,
- detention application.
It will be alleged in court that the man – who is a senior Nomads OMCG member – was involved in the supply of prohibited drugs and firearms between NSW and ACT in May this year.
He was refused bail and is due to appear at Cooma Local Court via AVL today (Thursday 10 June 2021).
Investigations by the Criminal Groups Squad are continuing.