Far north police stings net drugs, guns and millions in alleged criminal proceeds
- The Courier-Mail
- June 05, 2014
Superintendent Mick Niland, chief of anti-bikie Taskforce Maxima, said Rebels, Bandidos and Odin’s Warriors ranks were each down to “single figures” as two far north stings netted drugs, guns and millions in alleged criminal proceeds.
The key target of one operation, a money laundering probe involving Hells Angels, was an ex-NSW bikie who relocated to Mission Beach at the height of the Queensland crackdown five months ago.
Police were last night seeking his arrest and extradition on fraud, firearm and drugs charges.
The former Sydney Hells Angels sergeant-at-arms had been living in a rented storage shed at Mission Beach where police yesterday seized $2 million of property, including monster trucks, Harley-Davidsons, a motorhome and jetskis.
Detectives also allegedly found about $400,000 worth of the drug “ice” in a trailer, as well as $1 million in counterfeit cash at the man’s other beachside residence in Warilla, NSW.
Bandidos Mission Beach sergeant-at-arms Robert John Drew was among 19 arrested on 69 charges, from ice and cannabis trafficking to fraud and identity theft.
Supt Niland said the clubs had been effectively “smashed” in the far north.