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Bikie gang's alleged boss asked to hand over $360,000 made in drug sales

Exclusive by the National Reporting Team's Mark Willacy
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The alleged boss of the Black Uhlans was charged last year with possession, supply and trafficking of drugs.

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The Queensland Government has asked the Supreme Court to force the alleged boss of the outlaw Black Uhlans bikie gang to hand over $360,000 in alleged proceeds from drug sales.

David John Kurtzman was charged last year with possession, supply and trafficking of dangerous drugs as part of a year-long operation dubbed Mike Variety.

Police say it resulted in more than 40 arrests and the shutdown of a major methylamphetamine ring in central Queensland.

Police alleged that two men from Mackay would buy the drugs from 57-year old Kurtzman at his Burleigh Bars business on the Gold Coast, and then drive to Mackay to sell them.

Supreme Court documents obtained by the ABC describe how female passengers would allegedly be employed to conceal the drugs in their genitals in a technique described as "banking".

The summary of a September 2014 telephone intercept tendered in the court by the state described one of the alleged arrangements involving one of the Mackay men.

"[He] will pay Julie and make it worth her while but he will need her to 'hide some stuff in ya pussy'," the summary reads.

"Julie could manage that, it's not the first time she has had to do it, as long as it's not eight tonnes [both laugh] Julie agrees."

Investigators intercepted thousands of telephone calls, alleging that members of the drug ring used code words such as 'mackerel', 'reels', and 'fish and chips' to refer to illegal drugs.

A police affidavit alleges an undercover operative identified as LEP 46 bought amphetamines from one of the men from Mackay, who revealed to the officer "he had been sourcing drugs from his current supplier on the Gold Coast for 18 months".

Police alleged the supplier was Kurtzman.

Kurtzman, who police say is the head of the Black Uhlans in Queensland, has pleaded not guilty.

At the time of Kurtzman's arrest, his lawyer slammed the case as circumstantial, saying no methylamphetamine was uncovered when police raided two of his client's properties.

The Queensland Government has applied to the Supreme Court for Kurtzman to pay "a proceeds assessment order...of $360,000" under the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002.

The state is also asking that he "pay interest on the value of the proceeds derived...from illegal activity".

The application will be heard next week.

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