All three have been charged with trafficking and supplying ice and
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.
- See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/qld/2017/02/18/three-charged-after-major-qld-drug-bust.html#sthash.d01iw07Q.dpuf
Outlaw biker camaraderie something to admire
2:02 PM Tuesday Feb 28, 2017
Led by more than a dozen Hells Angels, a
pack of 120 motorcycles snaked around the winding country roads north of
Albany last weekend.
Each bike sounded like thunder, but to
grazing horses and elderly drivers the combined noise was indistinguishable
Want to know what patched gangs do for
fun? This is it.
Poker runs are organised by outlaw
motorcycle clubs (they prefer the term "clubs" rather than "gangs") that
combine motorcycling and gambling. There are five stops, usually country
pubs, and at each you draw a playing card.
The best poker hands win prizes. The Nomad
Hells Angels chapter has a slight variation and use dice instead of cards.
I've attended many of these games of
chance but never did my luck run quite so dry as when one of the Devil's
Henchmen clipped me from behind last year on the outskirts of Christchurch.
A grim combination of tarseal and gravity
led to a busted wrist, an ankle, six ribs, and a ruptured liver.
My head bounced off the road so hard that
memories of the day rattled free, which is just as well because by all
accounts I wasn't having much fun at that point. Adding insult to injury,
when I recovered my senses I learned there were no prizes for having the
most bones broken.
The reason for that, perhaps, is that
crashes are rare. The motorcyclists are staggered in formation to allow room
in front, behind, and to the side of each bike.
The president always leads the pack
followed by office holders who are followed by other patched members. It's
considered poor form to overtake a member.
Only a fool who has lost his mind would
pass the president.
A broken pack can lead to riders speeding
or getting lost, so prospects are sent ahead to stop traffic at bigger
intersections. The police sometimes undertake that task.
At last weekend's event, officers halted
traffic but were otherwise low-key, telling me their job was simply to
ensure road safety. On some events the relationship is not so cordial.
While many people stop and watch the bikes
go past with jaws hanging, some join the ride. Other patched groups are by
invitation only but members of the public are free to ride along.
The cost is $20 to enter and some runs
don't allow Japanese bikes; a ban that harks back to the formation of the
outlaw clubs by ex-American servicemen after World War II when anything
Japanese was viewed less than fondly.
But poker runs are not just times when the
public interacts with the outlaw clubs, so do many businesses.
Companies sponsor the events offering
prizes like motorcycle helmets, tyres and jackets, as well as vouchers for
alcohol, tattoos, and entertainment in massage parlours. Last weekend there
were nine bags full of prizes, and first was worth around $2000.
A raffle that was drawn under the watch of
a Justice of the Peace had a top prize of a trip to Thailand.
The JP has done it a few times before and
he was impressed by the organisation of the events. He had grown to respect
They weren't what you had expected? No, he
said with an ageing smile, they are a long way from that. Their camaraderie
really is something to admire, he told me.
The proceeds of the run will go to Heart
Kids New Zealand, because one of the Hells Angels' sons had been unwell and
was assisted by them.
Journalists rarely cover poker runs or
similar events, but they have a long history. In 1960, the Auckland Star
reported that the Hells Angels, at that time all teenagers with nicknames
like "Animal", "Crazy" and "Pinky", had taken several crates of soft drink
to orphanages on the North Shore and in South Auckland.
These groups have always had a nuanced
existence, but it is their scrapes with the law that define them.
"When we do right nobody remembers, when
we do wrong nobody forgets" is a refrain often used by Hells Angels.
From a distance the pack of bikes sounds
like angry bees, and as the poker run roars past the maximum-security prison
at Paremoremo it stirs up that hive.
Behind bars, men hear the seemingly
endless stream of bikes and lament their own predicament.
Outside the Angels enjoy the warm Auckland
day and the freedom only motorcyclists know.
As outlaws with a rebellious view of
straight society, many appreciate it's a fine line between someone who only
hears the bikes and someone who rides them.
Dr Jarrod Gilbert is a sociologist
at the University of Canterbury and the lead researcher at Independent
Research Solutions. He is the author of Patched: The History of Gangs in