Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Police smash bikies’ Sunshine Coast chapter plans

QUEENSLAND POLICE

Sunshine Coast Police have arrested more than 87 people on 350 charges, as part of an operation targeting outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) members and their associates. 

As part of Operation Victor Albatross, Sunshine Coast Tactical Crime Squad and Taskforce Maxima officers are cracking down on OMCG members’ attempts to establish chapters on the Sunshine Coast.

“Several raids have been conducted across the Sunshine Coast this week, reaffirming that police and the local community have no tolerance for OMCG attempting to establish themselves in Queensland,” Queensland Police said in a statement.

“Any attempt to do so will be met with a significant response from police.

“Following further raids and arrests this morning, additional charges are expected to come in the following days.”

Since the operation began in March 2023 until December 15, police have executed 69 search warrants and seized over $90,000 in cash and 17 firearms.

Police have also seized a large quality of drugs including $184,000 worth of methamphetamine and $63,000 worth of cocaine.

The figures don’t include additional property seized in the raids conducted this week, including today.

Operation Victor Albatross, Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Detective Acting Inspector Scott Wiggins said this operation sends a very clear message.

“We are committed to ensuring outlaw motorcycle gangs have no place in the Sunshine Coast community or in Queensland,” Detective Acting Inspector Wiggins said.

“We will continue to lead proactive, intelligence-based operations to target criminal gang networks and their associated dangerous and unlawful activities.”

Anyone with information that may assist this operation are urged to contact police. 

Weapons found at one of the addresses raided today.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

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