Police have broken up a drug ring on the Gold Coast and made several arrests following a 19-month investigation.
Gold Coast nightclub owner Ivan Tesic has been identified by police as the alleged mastermind behind a massive interstate drug ring involving at least six bikie gangs.
They claim Tesic, who is listed as an extreme risk by national law enforcement agencies, distributed cocaine through his Surfers Paradise establishment Club Liv.
Tesic was arrested in Sydney on Friday and was expected to be extradited to Queensland to face charges under the state’s anti-bikie legislation.
Bandidos sergeant-at-arms and Cleo Bachelor of the Year entrant Josh Downey, arrested at Airlie Beach, was also among those nabbed in three days of raids.
Arrests were also made in Darwin and Newcastle.
The drug ring allegedly involved dozens of bikies including associates of the Bandidos, Finks, Mongols, Rebels, Highway 61 and Lone Wolves as well as DJs and club managers.
Police say drugs were sourced from Sydney and were driven to the Glitter Strip in cars modified to hide the stashes.
A covert operation was launched 19 months ago and officers had been picking off offenders.
The investigation climaxed over the last three days when 100 police raided homes and Surfers Paradise nightclubs, arresting the alleged bosses.
“(The operation) targeted the higher level offenders that aren’t normally touched by police,” Detective Superintendent David Hutchinson said.
To date, 152 people have been arrested, including 37 alleged outlaw bikies and associates.
More than 15kgs of cocaine, MDMA and methamphetamine were seized as well as six litres of methylamphetamine oil which could have been used to make $11 million in drugs.
The whole operation stopped $26 million worth of drugs hitting the streets.
Police will seek to retain four luxury homes and cars, including a Porsche, as well as $500,000 in cash and a watch, also worth $500,000.
“They’re been living the high life at the expense of our youth and the rest of the community,” Det Insp Hutchinson said.
“The may think that they are safe but we are always watching and they never know when we’re going to pounce.”
Anyone found guilty under Queensland’s new anti-bikie legislation faces an extra 25 years mandatory jail on top of their sentence.