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Police pull over motorcyclists outside a Eumundi motorcycle and car show at Eumundi on the weekend. Photo: Geoff Potter
A POLICE blitz at a Coast hinterland event has nabbed an outlaw motorcycle gang member who has been on the run for 24 years.
The 47-year-old Outcasts member, who has been wanted in Queensland since 1987, has seven warrants out for his arrest, mainly for serious indictable offences.
He will appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court today.
Police also confiscated a baton, which is a restricted weapon, and charged three people with drug possession during the crackdown which targeted visitors to the Hinterland Bike, Car and Hot Rod Expo at Eumundi on Saturday.
One person was charged with unlicensed driving and another with drug-driving.
Police issued 49 traffic infringement notices for a multitude of reasons including unregistered vehicles, bald tyres, loud exhausts, over-tinted windows and number plates not displayed correctly.
They performed 21 drug tests and 878 random breath tests but found only one drug-driver.
They did 48 street checks.Taskforce Hydra, which investigates outlaw motorcycle gangs, was involved in the operation which was mostly run by Coast police.
Officers came from the traffic, drug and dog squads, the public safety response team and Criminal Investigation Bureau.
Expo organiser Trevor Skoupy said more than 900 people went through the gates but the police operation did have an effect.
“There was definitely a lot of talk about it, some were treated abruptly and some for the smallest things,” he said.
“There were 40-odd cars that got to Eumundi and turned around and went back to Brisbane.
“Once their mates were through with police, they rang the rest and told them not to bother.
“The police are just doing their jobs but it definitely wouldn't do the event any favours (if they did it again next year).
“I think it would make people think twice about making the effort to come up.”