THE Satudarah outlaw motorcycle gang has been added to the list of identified criminal organisations in Queensland, effectively restricting its ability to setup shop in the sunshine state.
The Dutch bikie gang has had a presence in Australia since 2015 but is yet to formally establish a chapter or clubhouse in Queensland.
After consulting with police, the state government moved to officially declare the gang an ‘identified organisation’ under the Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment Act 2016.
It’s the 27th criminal network to be added to the list of identified organisations, joining the Bandidos, The Finks and the Rebels.
The declaration essentially restricts the gang’s ability to conduct business, intimidate members of the public and recruit members in Queensland, giving police powers to shut down clubhouses and prosecute gang members for consorting with each other and wearing their colours in public.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette said the recent declaration was further proof that Queensland’s organised crime regime was the toughest and most effective in Australia.
“Since the introduction of the Organised Crime Regime, we have successfully disrupted the illegal operation of identified organisations, keeping Queenslanders safe,” Mrs D’Ath said.
“Our laws have resulted in charges for 57 counts of drug trafficking with the Serious Organised Crime circumstance of aggravation.
“There have also been 12 convictions for the outlaw motorcycle gang colours offence, and one conviction for the consorting offence and 680 official warnings.
“These laws are being applied and are making a difference.”