30 charged, including bikies, as anti-drug op continues
A BIKIE gang kingpin and more than 20 others allegedly involved in trafficking drugs will face Mackay Magistrates Court today.
Following 14 months of investigations into drug trafficking between Mackay and the Gold Coast, more than 30 search warrants were executed across the two cities by Taskforce Maxima and other police.
Yesterday afternoon 30 had been arrested and were set to be charged, although that number was expected to increase as more people were located.
In Mackay 24 people are of interest to police.
Police said methylamphetamine, MDMA pills, cannabis, synthetic cannabis and firearms had been seized.
Detective Inspector Terry Lawrence, of Taskforce Maxima, said the operation exposed the criminal activity of "outlaw motorcycle gangs" the Rebels in Mackay and the Black Uhlans on the Gold Coast.
"Initial investigations identified Rebels were getting supply from the Gold Coast and transporting it to Mackay," he said.
"We allege the amounts going back to Mackay on a regular basis were five ounces at a time of amphetamine and lots of 1000 (MDMA) pills at a time."
"They went by vehicle and aircraft.
"There is no link between the two gangs."
THIRTY people across Mackay and the Gold Coast have been arrested and charged with drug offences after a police taskforce uncovered and seized methylamphetamine, MDMA pills, cannabis and sythetic cannabis.
Twenty search warrants were executed in Mackay and 10 on the Gold Coast by Taskforce Maxima, the State Crime Command investigators and local police.
Among those arrested are members of the Rebels and Black Uhlans Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. .
Operation Taskforce Maxima started in 2014 and targeted the trafficking and sale of dangerous drugs in the Mackay area.
The investigations revealed MDMA and amphetamine was allegedly being supplied to the Mackay area via the Rebels OMCG and the Gold Coast based Black Uhlans OMCG.
In Mackay a 53-year-old Mackay man, a 20 year member of the Rebels OMCG and a 42-year-old Mackay woman have also been charged with trafficking in dangerous drugs and the supply of synthetic cannabis in the Mackay area.
They are due to appear in the Mackay Magistrate's Court tomorrow.
A 56-year-old Gold Coast man, an office bearer and 20 year member of the Black Uhlans OMCG, has been charged with the trafficking of dangerous drugs. He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrate's Court tomorrow.
Investigations into other Rebels and Black Uhlans OMCG members continue.
Task Force Maxima Commander, Detective Superintendent Michael Niland said that OMCG continue to be threat to the community.
"The trafficking of amphetamines, MDMA and other dangerous drugs by patched gang members and associates of Rebels OMCG and Black Uhlans OMCG is a continuing and significant threat to our community," he said.
"Today's results speaks volumes as to why we continue to target and prioritise OMCG investigations. OMCGs may not have the monopoly but they are major shareholders in the trafficking of drugs and this brings misery to our community."
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