Defence Lawyer Andrew Bale speaks to journalists outside court on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. Photo: Picasa
The lawyer for three men charged over a nationwide drug ring says he doesn't know where police allegations of bikie links come from.
On Tuesday, anti-bikie police and other detectives charged 15 people after dawn raids in Brisbane, which they said netted three kilograms of ice and more than 100,000 ecstasy pills.
Taskforce Maxima acting Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said participants of the Nomads outlaw motorcycle gang in Queensland were working with Comancheros bikies in Western Australia to move drugs around the country.
Dawn raids across south-east Queensland net 3kg of ice, plus ecstasy, cash and weapons. Photo: Queensland Police Media
But defence lawyer Andrew Bale, whose clients include alleged ringleader Kaven Geffery Talavave, 38, said nothing police had presented to him suggested his clients were linked to bikie gangs.
"I have seen absolutely no evidence that suggests any of my three clients are associated in any way with a motorcycle club," he said.
"I don't know where that comes from, unless it's material that police have chosen not to release to the legal representatives. We don't know."
Mr Talavave spent weeks in intensive care after a Fortitude Valley nightclub incident on September 1, 2013, when former Bandidos associate James Peter Arapeta Holt stabbed him and another man, 29-year-old Leo Salesa.
The 38-year-old and Elisaia Leota, 40, were arrested on Monday night at Tugun on the southern Gold Coast as they allegedly attempted to smuggle two kilograms of ice from New South Wales into Queensland.
It's believed police will allege Mr Talavave is the ringleader but he is facing less serious possession of drugs and weapons charges while many of his alleged colleagues, including Mr Leota, are charged with trafficking.
Both men were charged under VLAD laws - which make applying for bail more difficult - and remanded in custody until August 18, when their lawyer said they would likely apply for bail.
"At this stage we've reviewed some of the material but as is commonly the case these days we don't get given the material in a particularly timely fashion," Mr Bale said, adding it was "hard to say" whether Mr Talavave was a ringleader or not.
"So we need to take time to review what's available and ascertain whether there are prospects for a bail application, which we expect will be done next Tuesday."
Another 13 people were arrested in dawn raids the next day, which police said "totally destroyed" a national drug syndicate.
The raids were the result of a 12-month operation, which police said also led to the seizure of 21 kilograms of meth in Perth.
Superintendent Smith said the entire operation had taken $18 million in drugs off the street.
Juliano Schwartz-Talavave, 35; Tara Marie King, 24; Wayne Ioane Matautia, 40, were all remanded in custody on Wednesday to appear via video link on August 18.
One man arrested during the raids, 25-year-old Robert Erceg, was extradited to New South Wales to face charges of drug money laundering and weapons offences.