Former bikie accused of cocaine trafficking
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.