- 9 hours ago August 27, 2015
The CCC claimed they tipped off police in Taskforce Maxima, who arrested Vadim Volkov earlier this month for drug trafficking and possession of tainted property. According to the CCC, this includes over $1 million in cash, three automatic weapons, and five handguns.
The 33-year-old now faces over two times the amount of charges originally levelled against him after the corruption-busting body closed Operation Amulet.
The CCC said the investigations targeted drug trafficking, including ICE, cocaine and MDMA by a drug trafficking syndicate throughout the south-east Queensland region.
The CCC and Taskforce Maxima are alleging Volkov is a patched member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.
He has already appeared in Southport Magistrates Court earlier this month on 16 of the charges levelled against him.
However, after being served a notice to appear while still in remand at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre, the Robina man now faces a total of 31 offences, which the CCC said carry a maximum penalty of 25-years imprisonment.
The CCC have also launched proceeds of crime action against Volkov, which is understood to have resulted in the supreme court granting an order to restrain property and bank accounts valued at $605,720. Those civil proceedings are continuing.
In a statement, the CCC’s acting executive director Michael Scott said Operation Amulet had shut down a significant drug trafficking syndicate, which it will be alleged had been operating since at least March 2014.
“The CCC will allege that this syndicate was responsible for trafficking and supplying significant quantities of ice, cocaine and ecstasy over an extended period of time,” Mr Scott said.
“Ice is an extremely dangerous drug, which does immeasurable damage to our community.
“The assistance of the Queensland Police Service in this investigation was integral to its success and demonstrates that law enforcement in Queensland will continue to work tirelessly to remove these dangerous drugs from our streets.”Originally published as Trouble deepens for alleged bikie