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The Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) says it has smashed a major cocaine and ice racket on the Gold Coast linked to Hells Angels.

It comes after a major covert investigation known as Operation Atlanta, which targeted organised crime in the area.

Four men, allegedly major players in a distribution network that had links to the Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, are facing over 650 separate criminal charges as a result of the investigation.

A 41-year-old has been charged with 244 offences, a 55 year-old property developer has been charged with 296 offences and a 46-year-old has been charged with 26 offences.

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All three have been charged with trafficking and supplying ice and cocaine.

The 41-year-old man was also charged with producing ice.

A 55-year-old Gold Coast man was charged by the CCC last month as part of the operation, with 91 offences including trafficking ice and cocaine and 74 counts of supplying drugs.

It will be alleged the men were involved in an ice production and distribution site was running out of Tedder Avenue, Main Beach

The wholesale value of the ice is approximately $250,000 but would have a significantly larger street value after being cut, repackaged and sold.

A range of weapons were also seized during the operation including a pump action shotgun, rifle, butterfly knife and a taser.

The men were bailed and are expected to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on 3 March 2017.

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One man remains in a serious condition following Whangarei gang-related shooting

One man remains in a serious condition at Auckland Hospital following a gang-related shooting in Whangarei which left five people injured. 
Five people were injured in the latest gang-related violence to strike Whangarei.
Source: 1 NEWS
All five were taken to Whangarei Hospital after police were called to an address on Clark Rd, Kamo about 10.30pm on Wednesday. 
One man was later flown to Auckland Hospital. 

Police said yesterday a 21-year-old man who was one of the injured taken to hospital has been arrested.
Detective Senior Sergeant Dean Begbie says 19 investigators are working on the case and police are confident it was not a random incident.
The incident involves people with links to the Nomads and Black Power gangs, but Mr Begbie said there is nothing to suggest that the shooting is because of those links.
He says he doesn't believe Whangarei is any different to other areas of New Zealand in relation to gang trouble.
Whangarei Mayor Sheryl Mai said she was dismayed to hear the "terrible news" of the shootings.
"We feel for the families, friends and community of the people caught up in this," she said.
Police have assured the community they are closely patrolling the area to keep it safe. 

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