Drugs, cash and guns seized in bikie gang drug raids
UPDATE: POLICE seized cash, amphetamines, cannabis, steroids and weapons from 30 properties searched in co-ordinated raids in and around Toowoomba early yesterday.
Raids on properties including homes at Hodgson Vale, Kleinton, Pittsworth, Toowoomba and Helidon Spa netted 21 people on 43 charges.
The 32-year-old former president of the gang was charged with four counts of supply, one count of possessing and one count of trafficking a dangerous drug.
The 42-year-old Roma associate was charged with two counts of trafficking and one count of supplying a dangerous drug.
A 49-year-old Toowoomba member of the gang and a 42-year-old gang member were also charged with various drug and weapon offences.
The arrests were part of Operation Kilo Agitator, which began in July last year.
WEDNESDAY 3PM: A FORMER president of the Life and Death outlaw motorcycle gang Toowoomba chapter as well as a Roma-based nominee for the gang have been charged with trafficking dangerous drugs after raids across Toowoomba and south-west Queensland.
Regional crime coordinator for southern region Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow said investigations by Charleville detectives led to the identification of a drug trafficking network.
"Then we sought the specialist assistance of Task Force Hydra in relation to the outlaw motorcycle gang connections," Det. Insp. Shadlow said.
"Task Force Hydra then provided that specialist assistance and the investigations went from there."
Properties in Hodgson Vale, Kleinton, Pittsworth, Toowoomba and Helidon Spa were among the 30 across southern Queensland raided in this morning's operation.
Task Force Hydra officer-in-charge Detective Inspector Garry Watts said about 20 of the properties raided were in the Toowoomba area.
"We had a total of 120 police across the entire operation," Det. Insp. Watts said.
"We were able to look at the larger network of supply of drugs within this region and we believe we have made quite a significant dent in the trafficking of dangerous drugs here in Toowoomba and elsewhere."
He said the Life and Death outlaw motorcycle gang had chapters in Toowoomba and Gatton.
"It's one of your smaller outlaw motorcycle gangs both in the southern police region and also Queensland."
Det. Insp. Watts would not comment on which the more prominent outlaw motorcycle gangs in the Toowoomba region were.
Police expect to release details of more people charged in this morning's searches as they become available.
WEDNESDAY 1PM: A HANDGUN, cash and drugs were uncovered in a series of raids today targeting the Toowoomba chapter of the Life and Death outlaw motorcycle gang.
Operation Kilo Agitator, which started last year, targeted people with links to the Toowoomba chapter of the bikie gang and who were allegedly involved in the supply of methylamphetamine and cannabis.
As the operation continued police were able to identify a larger illicit drug supply network with interstate transportation links.
This network was also allegedly supplying illicit drugs across south western Queensland.
Earlier this morning, police from State Crime Operations Command's Task Force Hydra, and the Charleville and Toowooomba Criminal Investigation Branches executed numerous search warrants at addresses in Charleville, Toowoomba, Goondiwindi, Roma and other locations.
"We are focused on employing the necessary strategies to target criminal groups and networks and minimise the risks posed by the members of outlaw motorcycle gangs who continue to engage in criminal activities," Detective Superintendent John Sheppard of the Organised Crime Group said.
"This is a further example of Task Force Hydra working closely with our regional partners to investigate and prosecute the criminal elements in these outlaw motorcycle gangs.
"We are committed to our single core objective - to disrupt and dismantle these criminal networks. We will do whatever is necessary to target these groups and to prevent illicit drugs reaching our streets," Detective Inspector Garry Watts, Officer in Charge, Task Force Hydra said.