Drugs, guns and $30,000 in cash have been seized and almost 50 people charged after a series of raids aimed at criminal gangs in Queensland.
Detectives say they will continue shutting down bikie activity in rural and regional Queensland after arresting almost 50 people in raids across the state.
In the past eight days, police targeted people linked to the Bandidos, Black Uhlans, Hells Angels, Odin’s Warriors, Outlaws and Rebels bikie gangs.
Detective Superintendent Mick Niland said on Tuesday that no patched members were caught in the more than 60 raids, but the 48 people arrested were likely part of a large, bikie-run distribution network.
They will appear in court in the next few weeks on a total of 134 charges, including producing and supplying drugs and possessing weapons.
Det Supt Niland said the operation seized drugs, ammunition, automatic pistols, rifles and sawn-off firearms.
Detectives also allegedly found a pen gun in a hidden laundry compartment at a Townsville property.
“It is quite small … it’s only about four or five inches,” Det Supt Niland said.
“But the bottom line is all of these weapons … are lethal, and it’s good to have them off the streets.”
Police also seized a number of restricted snakes and about $30,000 in cash from the statewide search, which included Normanton in the far north, Winton in the central west, Gympie in the southeast, and Dalby in the western Darling Downs.
Det Supt Niland said the operation did not necessarily show that gangs were being forced out of metropolitan areas to escape increased police attention.
“We believe they’ve always been in the regional areas, and have had their tentacles out there,” he said.
“It’s a case that no matter where they are, we will try to locate evidence of crime and take the appropriate action.”