- The achievement was the result of a multi-organisation, structured bust
- Home raids and compliance tests were held across the regions involved
- Over fifty police officers were involved in the cross-border operation
(pics/video) — Four alleged Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) members have been arrested during a cross-border operation.
With the combined efforts of 50 police officers from the Tweed Heads and Byron Bay Police district, Queensland Police's Taskforce Maxima, Australian Federal Police, Queensland Probation and Parole and Corrective Services NSW, the four alleged criminals were apprehended.
Tuesday's operation was a result of the combined effort of the aforementioned services to target OMCG activity in the region.
Officers located ammunition, illicit substances including drugs and steroids, explosives and cash at a property in Cudgen, south of Tweed Heads
In conjunction with the operation, police conducted searches for weapons, particularly firearms and ammunition at properties of members of the OMCG subject to Firearm Prohibition Orders.
Officers located ammunition, illicit substances including drugs and steroids, explosives and cash at a property in Cudgen, south of Tweed Heads.
A 25-year-old member of the Mongols OMCG Tweed Heads chapter was arrested at the scene.
He was later released pending further inquiries.
Another raid proved successful in the Lone Wolf Gold Coast chapter.
A 47-year-old member was arrested on grounds of a warrant at a property in Carrara, Queensland.
He was transported to a Southport watch house where NSW Police were granted their application for his extradition.
He fronted Tweed Heads Local Court on Tuesday.
Queensland Police and the NSW Police collaborated on a raid in Tugun, Gold Coast, where steroids and prescription medication were seized for forensic analysis.
A 32-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman will be expected to front court in relation to the matter.
In addition to the raids orchestrated by the police task forces, community compliance officers from Corrective Services paid visits to properties to conduct compliance checks.
Drug tests were conducted on several OMCG members, and positive tests results for cannabis and methamphetamine were discovered.
Tweed/Byron Police District Crime Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Brendon Cullen, said police and government agencies across the region will continue to work toward reducing the impact of OMCG activities.
'High-impact operations like this are conducted to target and disrupt the activities of outlaw motorcycle gangs and their associates.'
'The safety of the community is our priority, and we will not tolerate activities that put the public at risk,' Det Ch Insp Cullen said.
Commander of Queensland Police’s Strike Force Maxima, Detective Inspector Stephen Blanchard added: 'This operation highlights how important it is for us to cooperate with other law-enforcement agencies, to ensure groups who break the law face serious consequences on both sides of the border.'