Police arrest and charge 53 during Taskforce Maxima raids
QUEENSLAND police have arrested and charged 53 alleged criminal gang members and associates during raids in Toowoomba and at other locations across the state.
The raids at the weekend were part of a state-wide operation targeting alleged criminal gangs members with further raids executed in Brisbane, Moreton, Townsville, Mount Isa, and the Gold Coast.
Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said today the 53 people were charged with more than 100 charges as a result of Taskforce Maxima's operation.
"There was an amount of stolen property, cash, drugs and weapons seized as a result of the operation," he said.
"There was $139,000 seized at one premises which was a significant find and should impact greatly on their operations.
"We are not just focusing on criminal behaviour; we are looking at all their behaviour."
Detective Inspector Smith said 15 or 16 people who were arrested were patched members of either the Bandidos, Hells Angels or Rebels and will remain in custody under the Queensland Government's tough anti-bikie laws until they face court.
He said the others arrested were associates of the men and were released and issued with court summons.
"There are consequences for people who want to associate with criminal motorcycle gang members," he said.
"It cannot be socially acceptable to be a friend of a bikie.
"You have to learn that it is not on."
Detective Inspector Smith said police wanted to make Queensland the most uncomfortable place to engage in organised crime in Australia.
Taskforce Maxima officers seized two kilograms of synthetic cannabis, one kilogram of pseudoephedrine tablets, one rifle, two snakes, and a substantial amount of jewellery and precious gems as well as blank birth certificates and drivers licences.