Bikies warned: You’re not safe
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.