Police confiscated a weapons cache
allegedly belonging to a patched member of the Black Uhlans outlaw
motorcycle gang on the Sunshine Coast on Friday morning.
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
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
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
"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.