by: By Nathan Paull
November 20, 2012 6:33PM
Queensland police launched a series of raids agains the Bandidos motorcycle gang, making 28 arrests. Source: AAP
THE Bandidos national sergeant-at-arms is among 32 members and associates of the outlaw motor cycle gang who have been arrested during police raids in southeast Queensland.
Detectives concluded an 11-month long operation on Tuesday morning with multiple raids across the region, resulting in 173 charges being laid.
Police seized methylamphetamine, MDMA, cannabis, firearms, cash and three mobile phone stunning devices.
Detective Acting Superintendent Tony Duncan says Operation Kilo Subdue targeted the Bandidos Brisbane chapter, focusing specifically on drug distribution to the city's entertainment precincts.
Five people - two gang members and three close associates - were charged with trafficking and one other is expected to be charged late on Tuesday, he said.
Supt Duncan said six of those arrested were Bandido members, while the rest were linked to the gang.
The raft of charges related to not only trafficking, but serious assaults, firearm offences and lesser drug-related crimes, he said.
"The people arrested included the national sergeant-at-arms for the Bandidos," Supt Duncan told reporters in Brisbane.
He said the operation would make a significant impact in the drug supply chain in Brisbane.
"I think anything that can disrupt organised crime is always pleasing," he said.
"Any strategies that can be put in place to disrupt the distribution of drugs is always good."
One person was due to face Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Tuesday, while the rest are expected to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday.