Police have caught a Victorian bikie at Brisbane Airport, who had tested positive to coronavirus, allegedly trying to sneak into Queensland.
A man with COVID-19 who evaded Victorian authorities has been busted by Queensland Police after he attempted to enter the state.
According to The Courier Mail, the man has been identified as prominent outlaw motorcycle gang member Shane Bowden.
Police at a press conference said the man “who is known to them” arrived in Brisbane on flight JQ560 at 9.19am on Monday, where he was met by police. He has since been taken into hotel quarantine.
“He tested positive in Victoria some time ago and authorities attempted to locate the 48-year-old,” Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.
Contact tracing is underway for the flight, with Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski confirming a criminal investigation into “a number of serious charges” had also begun.
“It appears he has provided untrue information on the border declaration pass,” Mr Gollschewski said.
“The criminal investigation is now underway for serious offences, as well as failing to properly declare when entering Queensland.
“This is going to be completely and thoroughly investigated by Queensland authorities with help from our Victorian counterparts.”
Mr Gollschewski confirmed the 84 other passengers on the flight were in hotel quarantine.
He said it was disappointing that despite the majority of Queenslanders doing the right thing, some continued to try to “beat the system.”
“Since the beginning of our COVID operations, we’ve issued 2200 fines,” he said.
“That’s regrettable… but we know in the big scheme, most people have been cooperative.”
No charges have yet been laid, however Bowden remains in hotel quarantine under police guard.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the apprehension showed “how strong our border measures are.”
“My hat goes off to all the police,” she said.
“Just imagine if that had gotten out into the community.”
Two new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Queensland on Tuesday, one is a 37-year-old male nurse at Ipswich Hospital who works in the COVID ward.
Mr Miles said the male had been experiencing abdominal pain, which is not known to be a common symptom of COVID-19.