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Alleged former bikie charged in Qld (insert swastika here)



An alleged former bikie faces three years in jail after being charged with habitual consorting under Queensland's new serious and organised crime laws.

Liam Christensen, 21, appeared in Southport Magistrates Court on Monday, where he was given strict bail conditions and ordered to reappear on August 30.

The alleged former Bandidos bikie was charged after police searched his Upper Coomera home on Saturday.

It's alleged Christensen continued to consort with recognised offenders despite two previous warnings to sever ties.

Detective Acting Chief Superintendent Roger Lowe, who is with the State Crime Command's Organised Crime Gangs group, said those issued with warning notices needed to understand the implications of ignoring them.

The habitual consorting charge carries a potential three years imprisonment and is intended to disrupt and prevent serious criminal activity by deterring recognised offenders from establishing, maintaining or expanding criminal networks, he said.

Christensen is the second Gold Coast man to be charged with the offence since the laws were introduced in March last year.