Police are continuing their raids on locations frequented by bikies.
Police are continuing their raids on locations frequented by bikies. Trevor Veale

Seven bikies charged over drugs, tainted money and rioting

Update, 2.43pm: CHARGES against outlaw motorcycle gang members are quickly rising.

Police officers from the Gold Coast Major and Organised Crime Squad and Taskforce Vanguard, working in cooperation with officers from Taskforce Hydra arrested a trio of Bandidos involved in the Broadbeach riot today.

A 26-year-old man from Morningside, a 23-year-old man from Upper Mount Gravatt and a 27-year-old from Fortitude Valley were charged with rioting in relation to the September 27 incident.

Police investigations are continuing.

 

Initial Report, 11.21am: GOLD Coast Police are continuing to crack down hard on outlaw motorcycle gangs.

The latest arrest by Gold Coast Major and Organised Crime Squad and Taskforce Vanguard involved two Bandidos associates in possession of drugs and money, discovered during a search warrant at a Comco Crescent unit at Southport last night.

A 20-year-old Bundall man was charged with possession of a dangerous drug and tainted money and a 20-year-old Southport man was charged with possession of steroids.

In the same night officers assisted by State Crime Command's Taskforce Hydra arrested a 28-year-old Archerfield man, who was charged with rioting over the chaotic incident in Broadbeach on September 27. It is believed he is a Bandido's member.

Additionally, on the morning of October 7 a member of the Lone Wolves was arrested for allegedly causing a disturbance and intimidating people walking in Hanlan St, Surfers Paradise.

The 39-year-old Pacific Pines man was charged with public nuisance. It is also alleged he was disobeying a ban on him entering the Surfers Paradise Drink Safe Precinct.

Meanwhile, Attorney General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie has reassured the public the Newman Government's proposed legislation banning criminal motorcycle gang members from riding in groups of three or more would not effect law-abiding motorbike riders.

"Limiting these gangs' ability to ride in big groups would make running their criminal enterprises more difficult and it would help prevent the kind of mass intimidation we saw at Broadbeach. It would also ease the disruption they cause during their annual runs," Mr Bleijie said.



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