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48 charged after police raids on homes linked to bikies

BIKIES in the Gympie region have been targeted in a recent police blitz on properties.

It is unknown whether anyone was arrested in Gympie as part of numerous Taskforce Maxima Operation Mike Disrupt 2 raids.

However, Regional Crime Coordinator of Central Region Detective Acting Superintendent Bruce McNab confirmed five people from the Wide Bay Burnett region were arrested on six drugs charges.

He confirmed search warrants were executed in the Gympie region, targeting alleged criminal motorcycle gang members and associates.

He said some arrests made on the Sunshine Coast were closely linked to Gympie, with one recent CMG-related arrest on the Sunshine Coast of an alleged Gympie-based Rebels member.

Almost 50 people were charged as part of the operation targeting criminal gangs and their networks across the state.

Detectives from Taskforce Maxima were involved as well as officers from districts including the Wide Bay Burnett.

Police searched addresses at locations including Gympie, Nanango, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Emerald and Airlie Beach.

During the searches police allegedly located methyl-amphetamines, cannabis and drug paraphernalia, weapons such as hand guns, rifles and a pen gun, and about $30,000 in cash.

A total of 48 people were arrested on 134 charges including producing, supplying and possessing dangerous drugs, weapons offences and keeping restricted animals (snakes).