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Intercept caps off Mongols patch-over


Senior Sergeant Arron Ottaway records the details of Finks outlaw motorcycle gang member Jamie Christopher Hooper at Nerang. Hooper is wearing a Mongols Motorcycle Club baseball cap. Pic: Brendan Radke

POLICE have discovered proof of the growing threat posed by the patch-over of the notorious Finks outlaw bikie gang by US powerhouse club the Mongols.

Two Finks members were stopped during a morning vehicle intercept carried out by police yesterday.

Senior Sergeant Arron Ottaway pulled over a Holden ute, being driven by known Finks member James William Cleave on Gilston Rd, Nerang about 2.40am.

However, it was the hat worn by the passenger in the blue ute, Jamie Christopher Hooper, that captured the officer's attention.

Emblazoned across the Finks member's cap were the words Mongols MC.

"That's the first time I've seen any Mongols gear here," Sen-Sgt Ottaway said.

"For me that is a really important sign that the intel we are receiving in regards to the Mongols is real."

Both men were free to continue on their way but Sen-Sgt Ottaway said the intercept had allowed police to build their intelligence on exactly who was patching over.

The discovery comes after the Bulletin reported that
at least 90 per cent of Finks across Australia were planning to patch across and join with the Mongols, which would make them arguably the most powerful outlaw gang in the country.

Outlaw motorcycle gang members, including Hooper, have begun to cover their social media pages in the Mongols logo, adding the term "mffm" (Mongols Forever, Forever Mongols) to their Facebook names.

On the weekend police and the State Government continued the crackdown on outlaw motorcycle gangs, with another Bandido member arrested and Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing formally appointed to head a statewide taskforce aimed at driving rogue bikies out of Queensland.

Officers from the Gold Coast Major and Organised Crime Taskforce Vanguard arrested a 21-year-old Kuraby man on Saturday night following an investigation into a vicious bikie brawl in Broadbeach just over a week ago.

The Bandidos member was charged with riot and is due to appear before the Southport Magistrates Court today.

Police and Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey said Mr Pointing would "lead a hand-picked team of experienced officers to crack down on criminal motorcycle gangs throughout the entire state".

"I have assured Mr Pointing that he will have whatever resources he needs to get the job done," he said.

The 40 extra police officers who arrived on the Gold Coast on Wednesday will today be replaced by 50 officers from across Queensland.



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