Police smash bikie drug ring, ex-leader on drugs
22nd May 2013 11:48 AM
UPDATE: A FORMER
president of the Life and Death outlaw motorcycle gang Toowoomba chapter as
well as a Roma-based nominee for the gang have been charged with trafficking
dangerous drugs after raids across Toowoomba and south-west Queensland.
Regional crime coordinator for southern region Detective
Inspector Darrin Shadlow said investigations by Charleville detectives led
to the identification of a drug trafficking network.
"Then we sought the specialist assistance of Task Force
Hydra in relation to the outlaw motorcycle gang connections," Det. Insp.
"Task Force Hydra then provided that specialist assistance
and the investigations went from there."
Properties in Hodgson Vale, Kleinton, Pittsworth,
Toowoomba and Helidon Spa were among the 30 across southern Queensland
raided in this morning's operation.
Task Force Hydra officer-in-charge Detective Inspector
Garry Watts said about 20 of the properties raided were in the Toowoomba
"We had a total of 120 police across the entire
operation," Det. Insp. Watts said.
"We were able to look at the larger network of supply of
drugs within this region and we believe we have made quite a significant
dent in the trafficking of dangerous drugs here in Toowoomba and elsewhere."
He said the Life and Death outlaw motorcycle gang had
chapters in Toowoomba and Gatton.
"It's one of your smaller outlaw motorcycle gangs both in
the southern police region and also Queensland."
Det. Insp. Watts would not comment on which the more
prominent outlaw motorcycle gangs in the Toowoomba region were.
Police expect to release details of more people charged in
this morning's searches as they become available.
EARLIER: A HANDGUN,
cash and drugs were uncovered in a series of raids today targeting the
Toowoomba chapter of the Life and Death outlaw motorcycle gang.
Operation Kilo Agitator, which started last year, targeted
people with links to the Toowoomba chapter of the bikie gang and who were
allegedly involved in the supply of methylamphetamine and cannabis.
As the operation continued police were able to identify a
larger illicit drug supply network with interstate transportation links.
This network was also allegedly supplying illicit drugs across south western
Earlier this morning, police from State Crime Operations
Command's Task Force Hydra, and the Charleville and Toowooomba Criminal
Investigation Branches executed numerous search warrants at addresses in
Charleville, Toowoomba, Goondiwindi, Roma and other locations.
"We are focused on employing the necessary strategies to
target criminal groups and networks and minimise the risks posed by the
members of outlaw motorcycle gangs who continue to engage in criminal
activities," Detective Superintendent John Sheppard of the Organised Crime
"This is a further example of Task Force Hydra working
closely with our regional partners to investigate and prosecute the criminal
elements in these outlaw motorcycle gangs.
"We are committed to our single core objective - to
disrupt and dismantle these criminal networks. We will do whatever is
necessary to target these groups and to prevent illicit drugs reaching our
streets," Detective Inspector Garry Watts, Officer in Charge, Task Force