Taskforce Maxima has charged 18 people with 84 offences as part of Operation Victor Median, a targeted campaign disrupting illegal activities linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCGs) in the Wide Bay Burnett region.
Operation Victor Median ran from September 12 to 15 with tactical action taken against alleged members and associates of OMCGs including Rebels, Bandidos, and Satudarah across Bundaberg, Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Gympie.
10 search warrants were executed across the four days, resulting in police seizing quantities of dangerous drugs, weapons and other items including:
- Approximately 551g of cannabis
- Approximately 8.13g of cocaine
- Approximately 31.8g of methylamphetamine
- Two unlawful firearms
- Quantities of ammunition and firearm magazines
- Quantities of GHB, steroids and prescription medication
- Weapons including knuckle dusters, two batons and OC spray
- Drug utensils
- Stolen property including jewellery
- Mobile phones
- Approximately $5,200 cash
On September 15, detectives from Organised Crime Gangs Group executed a search warrant at a Maryborough property where it is alleged two firearms were located, both hidden within a cut-out in a wall.
Quantities of methylamphetamine, cannabis, firearm magazines and ammunition were also seized, along with an allegedly stolen QPS identification badge.
A 41-year-old local man, an alleged associate of Satudarah OMCG, was charged with two counts each of possessing dangerous drugs, unlawful possession of weapons, four counts of possession of a detachable magazine without a licence and one count each of stealing, receiving tainted property, possess property suspected of having been used in the commission of a drug offence, authority required to possess explosives and fail to properly dispose of needle and syringe.
He was remanded in custody and is next expected to have his matter heard before Maryborough Magistrates Court on October 30.
A 26-year-old local woman was charged with two counts of possessing dangerous drugs and one count of possessing property suspected of having been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence.
She is expected to appear before Maryborough Magistrates Court on October 23.
Operations Commander for the Organised Crime Gangs Group Detective Superintendent Troy Pukallus says police are resolute in their concerted efforts to disrupt and dismantle these criminal groups who prey on our community.
“To be clear, these groups make their money through violence and intimidation as well as selling dangerous substances to vulnerable people,” he says.
“This is the driving force to keep the pressure on to defeat their illegal activities.”
“The public help us with this pressure by continuing to supply information and intelligence to help us break the cycle of violence and crime.
“Please be assured that we act on each and every piece of information no matter how small.”