Seven people, including three alleged associates of the Hells Angels, have been arrested following a series of drug raids in south-east Queensland.
Police from Taskforce Maxima today executed 22 search warrants in Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan and the Gold Coast as part of a special operation targeting drug trafficking.
They were joined by investigators from Operation Kilo Advantage, which began in June last year.
Police say eight of the properties targeted today were rented by members of the Hells Angels.
Among the property seized were three motorcycles, $30,000 in cash and four separate ounces of methylamphetamine.
Detectives say Hells Angels sergeant-at-arms Michael Spence and a club treasurer are among those who have been charged.
Two alleged Hells Angels associates, brothers Bruno and Nuno da Silva, are accused of running a drug trafficking operation from their locksmith business in East Brisbane.
One of their alleged dealers, Tri Chi La, has been released on bail after appearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today.
Police do not believe he is a member of the Hells Angels.
Taskforce Maxima commander Detective Superintendent Mick Niland says they believe the da Silvas’ operation had turned over about $2.5 million in drug sales since June last year.
Superintendent Niland praised the work of all officers involved.
“This has been a massive operation aimed at disrupting a key facet of the criminal activity undertaken by the Hells Angels – the supply and distribution of drugs across the city,” he said.
“I’d like to acknowledge the fantastic work and dedication of all officers who have been involved in this operation for over a year.
“Operational activity such as this is just one way the Queensland Police Service is working tirelessly to disrupt, dismantle and eliminate criminal motorcycle gangs from Queensland.”
At a media conference, Superintendent Niland was asked whether tough new mandatory jail terms of up to 25 years would apply to the people arrested today.
“We will give consideration to the new legislation but at this time, it’s still under investigation,” he said.