Queensland Police Rapid Action and
Patrols group turning up unannounced to breath test
bikies during “home visits”
September 14, 201412:00AM
A police search at Burleigh
Heads. Picture: Luke Marsden.
GOLD COAST bikie gang members are
being targeted at night at their own homes – even in
clubs and pubs – as police enforce strict parole
conditions banning them from consuming alcohol.
Officers from the Rapid Action and Patrols
(RAP) group are turning up unannounced to breath test bikies
during regular “home visits”.
The Sunday Mail
was invited along to an operation on Friday
night where a 31 year-old-Bandido was tested and given the
all-clear. But others haven’t been so lucky with three of
the 26 criminal motorcycle gang members tested so far
returning positive results – and returning to custody.
“It’s about getting on the front foot,”
said RAP commander, Superintendent Jim Keogh. “In the past,
they obviously thought no one would be coming around.
“But this is about enforcing conditions
imposed on them while they are on parole and while it may
seem harsh going to their homes, the alternative is that
they stay in jail.”
Supt Keogh said officers had tracked down
bikies on licensed premises as part of the joint crackdown
with the Corrective Services department.
Bikie breath tests on the Gold Coast.
Picture: Annette Dew
“Part of their parole conditions could be
that they have to steer clear of pubs and clubs so we do
specific patrols looking for these people,’’ he said.
“Obviously they’re surprised when we turn up, and on one
occasion a bikie tested 0.17, which is quite a drink for
someone who isn’t supposed to have a drink.’’
Supt Keogh said the blitz extended to
bikies reporting to the Southport or Burleigh Heads parole
offices where some gang members are forced to submit urine
samples, tested for drugs and alcohol, and searched outside
in a public show of force.
Of the 32 bikies tested during six parole
office operations, 80 per cent returned positive results to
steroids, or other illicit drugs.
“This is a persistent, consistent
campaign,” said Supt Keogh.
“It is not a one-off attack, but a long