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The Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) says it has smashed a major cocaine and ice racket on the Gold Coast linked to Hells Angels.

It comes after a major covert investigation known as Operation Atlanta, which targeted organised crime in the area.

Four men, allegedly major players in a distribution network that had links to the Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, are facing over 650 separate criminal charges as a result of the investigation.

A 41-year-old has been charged with 244 offences, a 55 year-old property developer has been charged with 296 offences and a 46-year-old has been charged with 26 offences.

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All three have been charged with trafficking and supplying ice and cocaine.

The 41-year-old man was also charged with producing ice.

A 55-year-old Gold Coast man was charged by the CCC last month as part of the operation, with 91 offences including trafficking ice and cocaine and 74 counts of supplying drugs.

It will be alleged the men were involved in an ice production and distribution site was running out of Tedder Avenue, Main Beach

The wholesale value of the ice is approximately $250,000 but would have a significantly larger street value after being cut, repackaged and sold.

A range of weapons were also seized during the operation including a pump action shotgun, rifle, butterfly knife and a taser.

The men were bailed and are expected to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on 3 March 2017.

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Police investigate if bikie feud linked to fire that destroyed two cars, carport in Adelaide’s south

POLICE are investigating whether an outlaw bikie feud is behind two suspicious fires in Adelaide’s south overnight.

A molotov cocktail was thrown at a tattoo parlour on Main South Rd, Morphett Vale, just after 1am on Thursday.

The business, as well as a massage parlour next door, sustained minor damage as fire crews extinguished the blaze quickly.

Police believe the incident is connected to a garage fire at Seaford about 90 minutes later.

Firefighters were sent to a Grange Court townhouse about 2.40am and arrived to find a detached garage fully ablaze.

Three cars were destroyed and the townhouse was also damaged.

The MFS says the fire caused about $50,000 damage.

No one was injured.

Adelaide's Lunchtime Newsbyte: 2nd March 2017

Police issued a statement on the matter later on Thursday morning.

“Police suspect the fires are linked and not random incidents, and are also investigating if there are any possible links to outlaw motorcycle gang activity,” it read.

Seaford resident Matt, 39, who did not wish to have his surname published, lives near the Seaford townhouse that was targeted and said he was woken by the sound of an explosion.

“(There were) just constant bangs, explosions all the time,” he said.

“It was something like out of a movie.”

Matt said it was worrying that the incident may be linked to outlaw bikies.

“It’s something you don’t really want on your doorstep,” he said.

“We’ve got four kids and that’s the last thing we want to be seeing.”

Damage caused by the fire at Grange Court, Seaford. Picture: Roger Wyman

Another Seaford resident who lives near the house, Rachel Iry, said it was concerning the home was targeted.

“It’s a bit scary,” she said.

“It’s horrible.”

Meanwhile, a worker at the massage parlour that was damaged in the earlier Morphett Vale incident said she was “so scared” that the neighbouring tattoo business was attacked.

“I came in the morning (but) I didn’t want to come here,” Pathitta Redshaw said.

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