Drugs seized in operation
A CHILDERS tattoo parlour has become involved in a crackdown on criminal motorcycle gangs, after raids at the business and a private residence that police say uncovered steroids, ecstasy, synthetic amphetamine and $11,000 cash.
Savage Tattoo artist Jim Savage was charged with importing a controlled substance after detectives from the state Task Force Maxima searched the Churchill St business and Apple Tree Creek home on Monday.
Task Force Maxima was established last year to disrupt, dismantle and eliminate criminal motorcycle gangs.
The task force has been in Bundaberg the past two days targeting drug distribution by gangs gangs and illegal activity in the tattoo industry.
“We received information that illegal drugs were being distributed from the shop and by the occupants of that business,” Task Force Maxima Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said.
Nothing was discovered at the business but when Mr Savage’s Gentle Annie Rd property was searched, police allegedly found cash, 54g of white powder, 9.5g of synthetic marijuana, 54g of steroids and 60 tablets of tamoxifen, an oestrogen-blocking drug.
Mr Savage, and his partner and parlour owner, Grace Crossland, were reportedly found to be operating the parlour without a licence.
Insp Smith said the Queensland Tattoo Parlours Act 2013 was passed earlier this year in an effort to “drive undesirables out of the industry”.
This act meant a tattoo parlour owner required a licence to operate.
“All artists and their employees must have their own licence as well,” Insp Smith.
Late last year the Town & Country spoke to Ms Crossland, who said the introduction of a licensing regime for tattoo parlours and artists would “push the tattoo industry underground and encourage backyard jobs”.
HOTWATER: Bundaberg Police seized drugs from the home of Childers tattoo artist Jim Savage and his partner Grace Crossland (pictured).