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Bikie arrested in $28m customs drug bust

A GOLD Coast bikie-in-training will be extradited to face a Sydney court on Monday charged with conspiring with an organised crime syndicate to import 100kg of pseudoephedrine.

I Wayan Denny Anthony Sanjaya Erlambang, 21, of Arundel was refused bail today and will be transported to New South Wales over the weekend.

He was arrested this week by Australian Federal Police as part of Operation MARCA.

Police alleged Erlambang, a member of the Vicious Circle feeder club to the Gold Coast Bandidos chapter, was hired as a mule for the syndicate.

Twenty people, including three Gold Coast men, four Customs officers, baggage handlers and a quarantine officer have been arrested and charged with conspiring to import 100kg of pseudoephedrine through Sydney International Airport in June last year.

It is alleged only 40kg has been recovered. Testing allegedly revealed the drugs had a high purity and could be worth an estimated $28.31 million on the street.

Two other Gold Coast Vicious Circle members, Marlon Hikaiti-Paul, 19, and Levi Ratahi, 21, have also been arrested and charged.

The men were arrested after an extensive investigation by Operation MARCA officers involving phone intercepts, surveillance, listening devices and witness statements.

Today in the Southport Magistrates Court, a Commonwealth prosecutor said Erlambang was facing a maximum penalty of 25 years' jail.

MM Lawyers principal Campbell MacCallum said his client was a carer for his grandmother and could not offer a surety as he and his associates were "not flush with money".

Magistrate Terry Duroux refused bail.

Ratahi was arrested in Gladstone earlier this week.

Hikaiti-Paul was arrested at Tweed Heads, and barrister Chris Rosser will represent him when he faces a Sydney court in June.


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