Police confiscate bikie's alleged weapons cache
Two men have been charged after police searched a Kidaman Creek address and found a firearm, ammunition, dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia at the residence.
A 59-year-old man, allegedly a patched member of the Black Uhlans outlaw motorcycle gang, has been charged with unlawful possession of weapons, possessing a weapon with altered identification marks, possessing explosives (ammunition), possessing dangerous drugs and possessing drug utensils. He appeared at the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Friday.
A second man attended the address whilst police were conducting the search. It will be alleged that a search of the second man's vehicle resulted in the discovery of a quantity of cannabis.
A 22-year-old Conondale man was issued with a notice to appear for possessing dangerous drugs and is expected to appear at the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on May 20.
On the Gold Coast on Friday, detectives arrested a 33-year-old man from Ephraim Island, also an associate of the Black Uhlans OMCG, on charges of drug trafficking and the supply of firearms.
His arrest was part of State Crime Command's Taskforce Maxima. The Gold Coast raids brough to a close a 12-month operation, Operation North Hardwood.
Detectives targeted a high-risk criminal group, including an associate of the Black Uhlans OMCG, and other members of a criminal network on the Gold Coast.
Between April 20 and April 29, they confiscated 10 firearms including an illicit USAS semi-automatic shotgun, as well as two illicit loaded handguns.
Overall 17 people were charged with 97 offences including four people charged with trafficking dangerous drugs (ICE and GHB), one charged with three additional offences of unlawfully supplying firearms. A further offender was charged with the unlawful supply of a firearm.
Detectives also located approximately 16 litres of the drug Gamma Hydroxybutyrate known as GHB or fantasy, 750 grams of ice, small amounts of heroin, cocaine, steroids and other drugs.
They also seized $93,440 in cash, as well as $10,900 in counterfeit Australian $50 notes and several false identifications, including New South Wales drivers licences.
On April 20, a 25-year-old man from Biggera Waters was charged with a number of offences including drug trafficking.
Acting Detective Inspector Tim Leadbetter of Taskforce Maxima said the operation involved more than a year of investigation from a number units within the Queensland Police Service with operational assistance from the Australian Border Force and National Anti-Gangs Squad.
"Taskforce Maxima and the Queensland Police Service will continue to target organised crime including outlaw motorcycle gang members and their criminal networks in order to stop crime and make the community safer for all Queenslanders," Inspector Leadbetter said.
"This is a major win for the community and police in seizing 10 illicit firearms from the hands of serious criminals including loaded hand guns and banned weapons," Taskforce Maxima Commander, Detective Superintendent Mick Niland said.