New Gold Coast bikie
gangs emerge as crime fighters struggle with
Paul Weston, Gold
bikie gangs with reputations for violence
and heavy involvement in the drug trade have
established chapters on or near the Gold
are aware of the Dutch-based Satudarah and
Comancheros mobilising in southeast Queensland
after the Crime and Corruption Commission late
last year launched investigative and
newly released annual report said two of the
most prominent of the new gangs in the region
were the Satudarah and Comancheros.
“Hearings under these new
operations have predominantly focused on the
establishment of the two new clubs in southeast
Queensland, recruitment practices, violence and members’
drug trafficking activities,” the report said.
In February, it was
reported the Satudarah’s Indonesian-based leader — who
controls all the chapters in South-East Asia, Australia
and the United States — was detained at Gold Coast
Airport for five hours after arriving to meet his
“brothers”. Satudarah has a multicultural base with
Australian members including indigenous locals and Kiwis
of Maori descent.
The gang had its
Sydney base shut after a raid by police in January but
began re-establishing other chapters.
The ex-head of
bikie-busting Taskforce Maxima police squad last year
revealed “concern” about the notorious Comancheros
trying to set up a Coast base.
Gold Coast Bulletin
in June last year flagged
Comanchero gangsters reportedly returned to the Glitter
Strip for the first time in two decades in June last
confirmed five Comancheros, with headquarters in NSW,
were spotted walking through Burleigh Heads in full gang
Two months ago,
an associate of the Comancheros gang, was sentenced to
three months jail when pleading guilty after a
sickening, unprovoked attack on a bus driver in Surfers
Paradise in broad daylight.
There are also growing
concerns the CCC, despite tracking the gangs, does not
have the budget to launch an offensive against the
The CCC annual report
revealed the percentage of targeted criminal gangs
“disrupted” by investigations had decreased by 15 per
“Hearings to date have
established clear links between outlaw motorcycle gang
violence and the drug trade. Incidents explored so far
have revolved around drug debts, drug robberies and
deals which have soured,” the report said.
A bikie source said
the Comancheros never sustained a decline in ranks while
Satudarah was mainly Sydney-based.
“They (Satudarah) are
very active, violent and full on. They’re involved in
drugs, stand-over, they are very powerful in Sydney.”