For­mer bikie ac­cused of co­caine traf­fick­ing

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A FOR­MER Ban­di­dos bikie gang mem­ber was ar­rested in Air­lie Beach on Fri­day night as part of a po­lice bust of a ma­jor drug-traf­fick­ing net­work on the Gold Coast.

Joshua Leigh Downey, for­merly from South­port, was brought to the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Satur­day, charged with sup­ply­ing and traf­fick­ing in co­caine.

Po­lice have al­leged that the 31-year-old was in­volved in sup­ply­ing dan­ger­ous drugs on De­cem­ber 1, 2012, Fe­bru­ary 22, 2013 and March 30, 2013.

It is also al­leged that he was traf­fick­ing in dan­ger­ous drugs be­tween De­cem­ber 31, 2011 and June 13, 2013, in Surfers Par­adise.

Downey was re­manded to ap­pear in the South­port Mag­is­trate’s Court on April 28 and he will re­main in cus­tody un­til this date.

He is one of more than 150 play­ers ar­rested across a drug net­work that in­cludes four crim­i­nal bikie gangs.

Downey’s ar­rest was part of an 18month po­lice oper­a­tion ti­tled Oper­a­tion Kilo Frac­tion, which ended in drug raids at lo­ca­tions in Syd­ney, the Gold Coast and Air­lie Beach. Drugs es­ti­mated to be worth more than $26mil­lion were seized.

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