Bikies using luxury
accommodation to run their criminal activities
Jessica Elder &
CASHED-UP bikies are increasingly running
their criminal activities from luxury Gold Coast apartments in a bid to go
undetected while living the high life.
Bikie detectives are targeting outlaw
motorcycle gangs, tracking the movements of members and vowing to get them at
home or away.
Taskforce Maxima officers raided a five-star
unit in the Q1 at Surfers Paradise on Saturday afternoon, finding weapons, drugs
Police will allege the massive haul, which
included $158,000 in cash and a semiautomatic pistol, belongs to Samuel King, a
40-year-old patched member of the Gold Coast Hells Angels chapter.
King lives in Ocean Shores in Northern NSW,
but spends most of his time on the Coast.
It will further be alleged the cash is the
proceeds of drug sales.
A female associate, 28-year-old Nicki Napier,
was also charged in relation to the Surfers Paradise raid.
Taskforce Maxima boss Detective Inspector Phil
Stevens said it was common to see bikies operating from hotel rooms.
“It is not unusual to see bikies using
accommodation for their business, particularly five star, they do like to live
the high life,” he said.
“The Maxima raids on Saturday resulted in
significant discoveries and further search warrants executed on Monday morning
may lead to further arrests.”
King is facing two counts each of possession
of a dangerous drug, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of property
used in the commission of a crime.
He is also charged with one count each of
possession of property suspected of being tainted, possession of drug utensils
and use of a place for drug offences.
Napier, of Mermaid Beach, has been charged
with two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, and one count each of
possession of a dangerous drug, possession of property used in the commission of
a crime, possession of drug utensils and use of a place for drug offences.
Taskforce Commander Detective Superintendent
Mick Niland said getting a semiautomatic weapon off the streets was a win for
“Detectives allegedly uncovered $158,000 in
cash, a semiautomatic handgun, knuckle dusters, small amounts of ice and
fantasy, an ice pipe and a rebranded Nissan Navara,” he said.
“It begs the question, if outlaw motorcycle
gangs are a brotherhood of motorcycle enthusiasts, why on earth do they need
“It is criminality, Maxima detectives are
finding more and more weapons on outlaw motorcycle gang members.
“We will be alleging the Hells Angels member
arrested has strong ties to the Coast, he is a Gold Coast-patched member,
despite residing in NSW.
“There is a footprint of bikies on the Coast.
However, it is small in number and we are continuing to investigate.”
King’s court appearance was adjourned to next
Monday in the Southport Magistrates Court due to strict bikie laws.
Co-accused Napier was granted bail on the
condition she have no contact with King and report to police three times a week.
The court was told Napier had a very limited
criminal history and was studying beauty therapy full time. She will reappear in
court on March 1.