Rebels drug raids hit 70 properties
75 bikie raids held in south-east Queensland
Queensland Police have conducted one of their
biggest series of raids targeting outlaw bikie gangs in south-east Queensland.
In the past 24 hours, officers raided 75 homes and businesses
around inner city Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, Pine Rivers, Dalby,
Gympie and Jimboomba.
The raids targeted a drug-trafficking network allegedly
operating within the Rebels outlaw bikie gang.
Police seized $500,000 in cash and more than $5 million worth
Some 75 people were arrested on 252 charges.
A dozen of the charges include offences under the Vicious
Lawless Association Disestablishment Act.
Eight patched members of the Rebels outlaw bikie gang were
charged under the state's anti-bikie laws and with major drug offences.
Those arrested are in custody to appear before the courts
today and Friday morning, where it is expected police will oppose bail.
The raids came following a 14-month investigation, with more
Detective Superintendent Michael Niland said the investigation
prevented harm to the community.
"It again demonstrates the strong link between crime gangs and
the methylamphetamine trade," he said.
"Our efforts will continue to be directed at these crime gangs
which are the most significant threat to our community."