Hells Angels member, ‘participant’ arrested over poker run
- The Courier-Mail
- March 24, 2015
In the latest show of force since the election of the new Labor Government, anti-bikie police made the arrests this morning after the provocative but peaceful ride earlier this month.
Police will allege three “participants” of the Hells Angels took part in the gang’s first Queensland poker run since 2013.
Hells Angels member Terry McCormick and another man, David Griffey, who police allege is a “participant” in the gang, have been arrested.
The Courier-Mail has been told police will charge another man this afternoon.
If convicted, the three men will face a mandatory six months’ jail for being “participants of a criminal organisation knowingly in a public place”.
Taskforce Maxima this morning raided homes in Crestmead and Logan Village after reviewing footage of the run.
Police also seized gang clothing from one of the homes today.
During the ride earlier this month two patched members wearing Hells Angels colours were joined by more than 100 supporters for the Good as Gold ride, starting from Hillcrest and going to the NSW border.
At the time club members told The Courier-Mail they had sought legal advice on taking part in the ride. Police allege the three men associated before and during the ride.
Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said the arrests showed the laws don’t impact on innocent members of the public.
“They don’t impact on social motorcycle enthusiasts or people who aren’t participants of a gang,” he said.
“There was plenty of other people in that ride that haven’t been impacted.”
A new taskforce has been set up by the Labor government to review anti-bikie laws set up by the former LNP government.
Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath has raised concerns with parts of the laws, including mandatory sentencing and anti-association provisions.