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Taskforce Maxima smash drug syndicate with alleged links to Bandidos Criminal Motorcycle Gang

Taskforce Maxima has today closed down an alleged drug trafficking network involved in the supply of various dangerous drugs. So far investigators have charged 17 people with in excess of 110 offences after executing 10 search warrants on addresses across south-east Queensland.

This tactical phase of Operation Mike Order, a six month protracted investigation, which was led by Taskforce Maxima with assistance provided by investigators from Brisbane and South East policing regions. Assistance was also provided by personnel from the Australian Federal Police and the National Anti-Gangs Squad.

The operation specifically targeted a network of drug suppliers with identified links to the Bandidos Criminal Motorcycle Gang and allegedly involved in the supply and production of illicit substances, specifically cocaine, ‘ice’ methylamphetamines, ecstacy, cannabis and steroids.

So far today, police have executed search warrants at residential premises in Wynnum, Bulimba, Hawthorne, Coopers Plains, Eagleby, Teneriffe, Bowen Hills, Carina, Oxley and Russell Island.

Acting Detective Inspector Mark Andrews of Taskforce Maxima said today’s tactical action, culminating in the arrests of members of this criminal organisation, who are alleged to be high level drug traffickers, is the successful outcome of a complex and difficult six month covert investigation by very dedicated detectives from Taskforce Maxima. “Today we have prevented over 7,500 MDMA tablets being consumed at music festivals such as the Future Festival tomorrow, helping to make all Queenslanders safer, in particular our teenagers and young adults” he said.

“Key to today’s success is the hard work of the investigators involved and the ongoing cooperation between all levels of law enforcement in tackling serious crime, this cooperation occurs on a daily basis and will continue into the future” Detective Acting Superintendent Brendan Smith of Taskforce Maxima said.

So far, police have seized drugs valued at over $500,000, $50,320 and property including 22 mobile phones. Investigations are ongoing and further charges are expected.

Some charges from today’s raids:

• A 26-year old man from Carina, a former member of the Bandidos CMG has been charged with supplying a dangerous drug. He will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow

• A 27-year old man from Wynnum, and associate of the Bandidos CMG, has been charged with trafficking, supplying, producing and possessing dangerous drugs and of being a vicious lawless associate under VLAD legislation. He will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.

• A 29-year old man from Bulimba has been charged with trafficking, supplying and possessing dangerous drugs and of being a vicious lawless associate under VLAD legislation. He will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.

• A 27-year old man from Balmoral has been charged with trafficking, supplying and possessing dangerous drugs and of being a vicious lawless sssociate under VLAD legislation. He will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.

• A 26-year old man from Coopers Plains has been charged with trafficking, supplying and possessing dangerous drugs and of being a vicious lawless associate under VLAD legislation. He will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.

• A 27-year old man from Teneriffe has been charged with supplying and possessing dangerous drugs and will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.

• A 32-year old man from Eagleby has been charged with trafficking, supplying, possessing dangerous drugs and possess proceeds will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.

MIke Order tablets.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

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