people charged throughout the state are alleged
members of the Bandidos, Hells Angels, Lone Wolf and
In a series of raids from Coolangatta to
Cairns, detectives charged 24 alleged participants of the
Bandidos, Hells Angels, Lone Wolf and Rebels gangs.
Under the coordination of the state’s anti
bikie taskforce maxima, the week-long Operation Morpheus
resulted in 82 charges in Queensland including drug, weapons and
Nationally, the operation at the end of last
month resulted in 46 alleged outlaw motorcycle gang participants
being charged on 171 offences.
“The operation was a tremendous success and
built on the previous results that we have been able to achieve
in Queensland,” said taskforce maxima commander Detective
Superintendent Mick Niland.
“Police from the state’s 15 districts took
part and it was the great work of officers in the regions which
contributed to this outcome.
“These gangs remain the greatest threat to
local communities and remain a high priority for police”.
Det Supt Niland said property was also seized
including thousands of dollars in cash and several motorcycles.
“Police will allege that some of those charged
were involved in recruiting new members to these gangs, while
other offences relate to the anti-association legislation,” he
Operation Morpheus spokesman Assistant
Commissioner Paul Dickson from South Australia police said the
nationwide sharing of intelligence was crucial to the success of
the fight against bikies.
“These gangs are well organised, well
resourced and nationally coordinated,” he said.
“Because of this, the best way to combat them
is with the combined efforts of all law enforcement agencies.
“Operation Morpheus won’t stop with these
arrests. We will continue to target outlaw motorcycle gangs
using both traditional and non-traditional law enforcement
methods,” he said.