Detective Acting Inspector Paul
POLICE say they will relentlessly
pursue criminal motorcycle gangs on the Darling Downs.
They have the full backing of the State
Government, with Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts saying
the days of gangs "living above the law" were over.
Detective Acting Inspector Paul McCusker said
police knew who the criminals were and would implement tough new
anti-bikie laws to their full extent.
"Darling Downs Police (know) of the difference
between motor cycle enthusiasts and criminal motorcycle gang
members and associates," he said.
"In fact the community can be absolutely
confident in the fact that we know who they are, where they live
and have regularly undertaken investigations into their criminal
activity over the years to ensure no firm foothold has been
established in this district."
Bandidos and Life and Death Motorcycle Club
members will come under close scrutiny in the coming weeks.
"I can say that a number of criminals from
these gangs have been successfully prosecuted and have been sent
to jail," Det. Inps. McCusker said.
"This includes Bandidos and Life and Death
members and associates on drugs charges, breaches of bail,
assault, supplying weapons and public nuisance offences.
"Currently, there are a number of serious
charges against criminal gang members from the Bandidos and Life
and Death members and associates currently before the courts.
"These alleged offences include home invasion,
assault, drug trafficking, possession of weapons and public
Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts has
returned from an historic week of parliament in which the new
Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Bill was
He has stood behind Attorney-General Jarrod
Bleijie's tough stance against criminal bikie gangs.
"We've drawn a line in the sand," he said.
"It is absolutely time to get tough on members
and associates of criminal gangs.
"Innocent Queenslanders should not be getting
caught in the crossfire between rival gangs, as we saw in
"I don't want them in my town."
Det. Insp. McCusker said the police force's
mission was to dismantle all criminal motorcycle gangs.
"This mission, utilising the new legislation,
will be relentlessly, professionally and lawfully undertaken,"