Bikies warned: You’re not safe

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - SALLY COATES

NSW and Queens­land po­lice have tar­geted bikies in a joint op­er­a­tion that’s led to known gang mem­bers be­ing charged with gun, drug and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence of­fences.

Yes­ter­day po­lice from the Gold Coast and Tweed launched Fal­con 2018 to stop Out­law Mo­tor Cy­cle Gangs (OMCG) from us­ing the bor­der to their ad­van­tage.

Chief In­spec­tor Luke Arthurs from the Tweed By­ron dis­trict and De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Mick Bollin from Task­force Max­ima (OMCG en­force­ment) said their con­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tion and op­er­a­tions such as Fal­con 2018 was stop­ping bikies from hid­ing on ei­ther side of the bor­der.

“The job un­der op­er­a­tion Fal­con 2018 was to dis­rupt the OMCG ac­tiv­ity across the bor­der and in both states,” Insp Arthurs said.

“We work very closely with Max­ima and will con­tinue to do so be­cause these crooks don’t know what a bound­ary is.

“They’re al­ways go­ing back and forth – we’re iden­ti­fy­ing them and tar­get­ing the same par­tic­u­lar of­fend­ers.

“The OMCG iden­ti­ties might get ham­mered on the Gold Coast so they come to NSW think­ing that they’re safe,” Sen Sgt Bollin added.

“That’s the rea­son we have this op­er­a­tion.

“They’re not safe be­cause we have this part­ner­ship to share in­tel­li­gence and re­sources to work against them.”

About 50 NSW and Queens­land po­lice of­fi­cers ex­e­cuted four firearms pro­hi­bi­tions or­ders dur­ing Fal­con 2018. Ad­dresses at Banora Point, Ter­ra­nora, Bil­am­bil Heights and Dum Dum yielded four men – three gang af­fil­i­ated and one un­clear – as well as steroids, cannabis, a pro­hib­ited plant, ex­plo­sives, cash, tasers, and a num­ber of un­reg­is­tered firearms.

A 23-year-old mem­ber of the Lone Wolf OMCG has been charged with pos­sess­ing steroids, pos­sess­ing cannabis and pos­sess­ing ex­plo­sives.

A 41-year-old Lone Wolf gang mem­ber who was al­legedly found with $6500 cash is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

A 28-year-old man af­fil­i­ated with the True Bloods has been charged with weapons and drugs and will ap­pear be­fore court at a later date.

A 21-year-old man charged with eight weapons of­fences and two drug of­fences was re­fused bail. He is due to face the Tweed Heads Lo­cal Court to­day.

Insp Arthurs said Tweed po­lice were ac­tively mon­i­tor­ing at least 60 known bikies with the Lone Wolf gang con­tin­u­ing to be their strongest tar­get, al­though they are aware of Co­manchero that re­cently moved to the area.

Sen Sgt Bollin said there was no one gang most preva­lent on the Coast which was why the task­force mon­i­tored them all.

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