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The Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) says it has smashed a major cocaine and ice racket on the Gold Coast linked to Hells Angels.

It comes after a major covert investigation known as Operation Atlanta, which targeted organised crime in the area.

Four men, allegedly major players in a distribution network that had links to the Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, are facing over 650 separate criminal charges as a result of the investigation.

A 41-year-old has been charged with 244 offences, a 55 year-old property developer has been charged with 296 offences and a 46-year-old has been charged with 26 offences.

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All three have been charged with trafficking and supplying ice and cocaine.

The 41-year-old man was also charged with producing ice.

A 55-year-old Gold Coast man was charged by the CCC last month as part of the operation, with 91 offences including trafficking ice and cocaine and 74 counts of supplying drugs.

It will be alleged the men were involved in an ice production and distribution site was running out of Tedder Avenue, Main Beach

The wholesale value of the ice is approximately $250,000 but would have a significantly larger street value after being cut, repackaged and sold.

A range of weapons were also seized during the operation including a pump action shotgun, rifle, butterfly knife and a taser.

The men were bailed and are expected to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on 3 March 2017.

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Ex-bikie arrested over alleged money laundering at Gold Coast cold call company


Six people have been arrested after two cold-call companies on the Gold Coast, run by an outlaw motorcycle gang member, allegedly stole $2.7 million from victims.

Police said the latest arrest, a 55-year-old man on Wednesday, was involved in money laundering through companies offering financial services, which operated on the Gold Coast between late in 2014 and in 2015.

NSW Ombudsman recommends scrapping outlaw motorcycle gang law

A Hells Angels vest seized in police raids. The NSW Ombudsman has recommended the scrapping of ‘criminal organisations’ legislation.

Legislation which allows NSW police to ask the state’s Supreme Court to declare organisations such as outlaw motorcycle gangs “criminal organisations” should be scrapped because its requirements are “onerous, resource-intensi­ve” and prevent police from making applications.

That is the sole recommend­ation in a NSW Ombudsman’s report released yesterday, which also revealed the police ceased making applications in 2015 and don’t intend to make any more.

The legislation was introduced in 2009, and was used in pursuit of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in 2010. A long-term member of the club took a case to the High Court, and the legislation was changed to make it more difficult to use.

It makes it a criminal offence for members of criminal organisations to associate with each other. Since 2009, the police have taken a number of steps to obtain declarations against organisations, including establishing the Criminal Organisation Unit, but no applications have been made under the amended legislation, which has been in effect since 2012.

The legislation prohibits certain civilian witnesses and undercover police officers from participating in hearings, with police finding the majority of witness­es approached were reluct­ant to assist.

Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione told the Ombudsman as part of the review that the police were working with the government to “determine the effectiveness of the (legislation)” and in the meantime were employing “alternative measures that are working effectively to target the criminal activities of (outlaw motor­cycle gangs) and other organised­ crime groups”.

A government spokeswoman said that the report’s recom­mend­ation would be considered.

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