Surveillance will be gathered on the outlaws
suspected to be slipping back into colours and crime once out of
The Mongols, formed from the notorious Surfers
Paradise Finks, are among those looking to dodge the heavy
attention, setting up a clubhouse just over the border in NSW.
The Sunday Mail
understands NSW police are bracing for more Gold Coast gangs to
Some bikies carry sworn statements they have quit
clubs as protection against laws that deny members the right to
gather in public, slash chances of bail and prolong jail terms by up
to 25 years.
Taskforce Maxima boss Mick Niland said these
affidavits would hold no water if police, using photos of them in
colours or with gang members outside Queensland, showed ex-bikies
still had a role in gang crime.
Alleged bikies were on 'holiday' in
Five Victorian men arrested for
breaking anti-bike laws in Queensland have told
police they were just 'holidaying.'
"Some may have genuinely disassociated themselves
from clubs and we're not interested in those persons," he said.
"But we are particularly interested in those that
are still committing serious crimes, like drug trafficking, and are
still associating with criminal motorcycle gangs interstate and
"When and if we make an arrest and they produce
the affidavit saying 'I'm not a member', our evidence will be, yes,
you are a participant, because here it is: the colour footage,
internationally and interstate."
Det Supt Niland said that meant going out in
public in groups of three or more would still be illegal for those
"ex-bikies" - but only in Queensland.
The new "Mongols' Nation" headquarters in
Chinderah is located in an industrial warehouse.
It neighbours the Venus Lounge brothel and a
former bordello operated by Gold Coast identity Ken Lacey on behalf
of his jailed sons.
Unlike their Gold Coast counterparts, Tweed police
say they are powerless to stop the Mongols moving in.
"We don't have the same laws down here
unfortunately,'' one officer said.
Det Supt Niland said police were tracking bikies'
travels through the National Anti-Gangs Squad, agencies like the Tax
Office and Immigration, and foreign crime agencies.
Southeast Asia, now home to former local figures
including ex-Hells Angels Brisbane president Errol Gildea and
Bandido Kerry McNaught - will be a particular focus.