5 more charged in outlaw gang drug trafficking operation

POLICE targeting the trafficking and supply of dangerous drugs linked to the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs arrested five men during the past week.

Two Lawnton men, a Bellara man and two Caboolture men were the latest to be arrested and charged by officers from Task Force Maxima as part of two operations, Oscar Retrograde and North Avoca, conducted over 10 months.

The operations led to the discovery of a hydroponic cannabis "grow house", three pill presses, three illegal firearms and two stolen motorcycles.

In addition, drugs including 9.5 kilograms of cannabis, 886ml of 'Fantasy', 1.3kg of MDMA and 96g of Cocaine were also seized from addresses in North Brisbane, Pine Rivers, Caboolture, Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay.

Twenty-six people were arrested for 185 offences.

Detective Inspector Phillip Stevens said organised crime, including Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCGs), and their drug distribution networks were a high priority for Task Force Maxima.

"This is another example of the work being done by the task force in order to take drugs and firearms off the streets and out of the hands of those with criminal intentions," he said.

"In isolation it would be difficult to detect the influence OMCGs have on these illicit trades but our investigations have identified the impact OMCGs have on the production and distribution of drugs and firearms within our community.

"Our investigations have given a clear indication the OMCGs and other organised crime networks are behind the supply of large quantities of dangerous drugs into our community."

On June 15, a 30-year-old Lawnton man was charged with possessing a shortened firearm, possessing dangerous drugs, obstruct police, possess explosives (ammunition), possessing thing used in the commission of a crime and possessing utensils or pipes.

He is due to appear in Pine Rivers Magistrates Court on July 11.

Also on June 15, a 26-year-old Bellara man was charged with possessing a Category H weapon (semi-automatic handgun), possess explosives (ammunition), obstruct police, possessing property suspected of having been used in the commission of a crime and possessing utensils or pipes.

He is due to appear in Pine Rivers Magistrates Court on July 12.

On June 17, a 23-year-old Caboolture man was charged with producing a dangerous drug, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing thing used in the commission of a crime, possessing utensils or pipes, possessing property suspected of having been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence and possessing instructions on how to produce dangerous drugs.

He is due to appear in Caboolture Magistrates Court on July 14.

A 24-year-old Caboolture man was charged on June 17 with producing a dangerous drug, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing thing used in the commission of a crime, possessing utensils or pipes, possessing property suspected of having been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence and possessing instructions on how to produce dangerous drugs.

He is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on July 5.

On Friday June 24 a 23-year-old Lawnton man, who first came to the attention of Taskforce Maxima in September 2015 and again in April 2016 following the discovery of drugs and other drug related material at his residence and within a motor vehicle he was driving, was further charged with 20 drug offences. These fresh charges relate to the unearthing of a cache of drugs in a large toolbox on a property near Dayboro.


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