Joel Gould | 26th
Sep 2014 2:00 PM Updated: 27th Sep 2014 4:23 AM
DRUG BUST: Police raided
a shed at the Fort Knox Storage facility on Briggs
Rd in Raceview yesterday.
A RIPLEY man with alleged bikie links
who once owned an Ipswich tattoo parlour was one of four
men charged with drugs, weapons and other offences
The 57-year-old Ripley man, who police
will allege is a former Comancheros member and current
Bandidos associate, will appear in Ipswich Magistrates
He was charged with drug trafficking
and the unlawful possession of concealable weapons, as
detectives from Ipswich CIB and Taskforce Maxima
executed seven search warrants at properties in the
greater Ipswich area, Gold Coast and Calamvale to wrap
up Operation Lima Bordeaux.
One of the properties searched
included the Fort Knox Storage facility in Briggs Rd
which was evacuated yesterday as police set up a crime
scene. The other three men arrested include:
A 49-year-old Raceview man, who
has been charged with receiving tainted property.
Police will allege he is a member of the Bandidos.
A 36-year-old Newtown man, who
has also been charged with producing, trafficking
and possessing dangerous drugs.
A 29-year-old Southport man, who
has been charged with possessing dangerous drugs.
Police will also allege he is a member of the
Bandidos and that he was one of the bikies who was
charged with the infamous affray at Broadbeach last
The two other Ipswich men will appear
in Ipswich Magistrates Court today while the Gold Coast
man will appear in Southport Magistrates Court.
The arrests were all part of the
ongoing enforcement action against criminal motorcycle
gangs and their networks.
Ipswich Detective Inspector Lew
Strohfeldt police would allege the Ripley man, the main
target, is a significant trafficker of methamphetamine.
"We are alleging the 57-year-old was
originally the principal of a tattoo parlour (in
Ipswich) that closed up just before the change of
legislation in relation to tattoo parlours," Insp
"We are alleging he is a significant
supplier of methamphetamine in the greater Ipswich area.
"We believe as a result of Operation
Lima Bordeaux and this person's arrest, we'll make it a
lot more difficult for people to obtain the drug in the
Police will allege the Ripley man is
linked to the drug finds in Fort Knox Storage where
Detective Inspector Terry Lawrence of Taskforce Maxima
said "precursors for production have been located,
vessels for production have been located… plus waste
material from past production has been located."
Police officers and
detectives conduct drugs raids connected to bikie
gangs at the Fort Know storage facility on Brigss
Road in Raceview. Photo: David Nielsen / The
Insp Strohfeldt said police "located a
significant quantity of chemical, which we will be
alleging is the by-product of a production of
"There was also a suspect explosive
device located in that shed. Our explosives ordinance
response team has attended to deal with that," he said.
"The clandestine laboratory team also
"Because these chemicals are extremely
dangerous and toxic, they have to be dealt with by the
It will be alleged a quantity of
methamphetamine, cannabis, precursor chemicals and
glassware for drug manufacturing, ammunition and two
replica handguns were located during the various police
Operation Lima Bordeaux was commenced
in September, 2013 by Ipswich detectives and has
received invaluable support from Taskforce Maxima -
which was set up in October, 2013 for the express
purpose of dismantling criminal motorcycle gangs in
"The good thing is that local police
districts, led by (Ipswich) are standing up and doing
their own criminal motorcycle gang investigations," Insp
Meanwhile, yesterday's evacuation of
Fort Knox Storage facility came as a shock to manager
"It is inconvenient," he said.
"But I'd rather be safe. Obviously
they've got something major in there."