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Rebels motorcycle gang members arrested under new Queensland organised crime laws

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Queensland police arresting a member of the Rebels in a targeted raid. (Supplied: QPS)

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Several "patched" members of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang are among six people arrested in raids across regional Queensland as part of a major police operation targeting criminal activity under the state's new organised crime legislation.

Officers from Taskforce Maxima, state intelligence, tactical crime squad, general duties officers, and criminal investigation branch detectives arrested men in Mount Isa, Cloncurry and Rockhampton yesterday morning.

This morning, a 51-year-old man described as "a member and former president of the Rebels" was arrested at a house in the Mt Isa suburb of Winston.

Officers found drugs at the property and the man was charged with possessing dangerous drugs and utensils.

A 24-year-old man arrested in the nearby suburb of Menzies is facing drug and obstruction charges and was served with an official consorting warning.

Police said another member of the Rebels Mount Isa chapter was located in Cloncurry and charged with habitual consorting.

Officers also arrested a 56-year-old Mt Isa man on the outskirts of Rockhampton and charged him with possession of a prohibited item a Rebels ring and habitual consorting.

Police said two other "patched" members of the Mount Isa Rebels were taken into custody in Rockhampton when officers targeted a Rebels event.

A 44-year-old man from the Mt Isa suburb of Townview and a 37-year-old man from Mornington were both charged with habitual consorting.

Detective Inspector Tim Leadbetter from the organised crime gangs group said consorting legislation had proved to be a useful tool for police in their pursuit of the criminal elements of outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCGs).

"These arrests demonstrate the Queensland Police Service's statewide commitment to pursuing illegal activity of current and former members of organised crime groups and gang members," he said.

"We have been transparent and overt in our intentions.

"Those charged were provided official warnings including details of who they should not consort with, along with an explanation of the legislation and ramifications.

"We will pursue those gang members who consort with recognised offenders as a deterrence to those establishing, maintaining or expanding criminal networks."

Police Minister Mark Ryan praised the work of Taskforce Maxima, saying the State Government's new anti-gang laws were helping police make a dent in organised crime.

"These are the first OMCG members charged with habitual consorting since our tough new laws were passed last year to target organised crime gangs operating in Queensland," Mr Ryan said.

"This will have a significant impact on the Mount Isa Rebel chapter.

"We will continue to use every legal mechanism available to dismantle and disrupt organised crime gangs operating in this state."

 
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