Taskforce Maxima commenced Operation North Veneno in September 2015 for the purpose of investigating members of Highway 61 Outlaw Motorcycle Gang in relation to the suspected trafficking of dangerous drugs, identity crime and property and weapons offences in the Brisbane Region.
Today a number of addresses, including the Highway 61 OMCG gang premises at Tingalpa, have been the subject of tactical actions including the execution of search warrants.
Queensland Police Service personnel from State Crime Command’s Taskforce Maxima, Brisbane Region, Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and Major Events Command (ICMC) and Operations Support Command as well as officers from the AFP National Anti-Gang Squad were involved in today’s operation.
Prior to this morning’s raids and since the commencement of the operation, police have arrested 20 patched members or associates of Highway 61 OMCG in relation to 86 offences. Those offences included possession of dangerous drugs/utensils, possession of shortened weapons, break and enters, stealing, fraud, UUMV and various traffic and breach of bail offences.
As a result of today’s action police have commenced proceedings against a further seven people in relation to 28 charges.
Included in today’s arrests were a 47-year-old Tingalpa man, who is alleged to be the Sergeant at Arms of Highway 61 OMCG Brisbane Chapter. The man is charged with five counts of supply dangerous drug (ICE), three counts of break and enter, three counts of receiving, three counts of tainted property, possess explosives (.243 ammunition) and breach of bail conditions. He will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on January 20, 2016.
At the gangs premises police also issued a notice to appear to a 34-year-old man and a 35-year-old man for possession of drug utensils (ICE pipes) and drug diverted a 22-year- old man for possession of cannabis.
Police also executed search warrants in relation to associates of Highway 61 at Griffin and Manly.
During the search at Griffin police located approximately 26 grams of ICE, 160 grams of MDMA, 400 millilitres of fantasy (GHB) and $5000 in cash. A 24-year-old woman was charged with three counts of possession of dangerous drugs (exceed schedule), and five other drug offences including possess property suspected of being the proceeds of an offence ($5,000 cash). A 24-year-old man was also charged with possession of dangerous drug.
The search warrant at Manly resulted in a 40-year-old man being drug diverted for possession of drug utensil.
During the search of the Highway 61 gang premises police located and seized a large amount of property which has been identified as being allegedly stolen during break and enter offences during 2015 and further property dating back to 2001. Among the suspect property recovered by police were four guitars, a large amount of power tools, laptops and mobile phones.
Taskforce Commander Detective Superintendent Niland stated “Once again we find shortened firearms in the possession of OMCG members and associates. Once again we have shut down a gang premises where serious criminal activities have been conducted.”
Taskforce Maxima Acting Detective Inspector stated, “Today’s actions is a great example of Taskforce Maxima and the regions working together to solve property crime and recover stolen property from outlaw motorcycle gangs.”