Bikie gang targeted in massive raid by police
POLICE swooped on several Tweed houses early yesterday morning as part of a major strike on a drug ring run by an outlaw motorcycle gang.
About 200 law enforcement officers from Queensland and NSW raided 50 properties in Tweed Heads, Byron Bay, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Logan, Ipswich and Redcliffe.
Police said the alleged drug syndicate included members and associates of the Gold Coast, Ipswich and Byron Bay chapters of the Nomads motorcycle gang.
It is believed properties in Murwillumbah and Ocean Shores were raided, however the Tweed/Byron police local area command was unable to comment.
A total of 21 people with links to the Nomads motorcycle gang had been charged with various offences, including drug trafficking, producing dangerous drugs, and possessing concealable firearms, police said.
It is still unknown how many people from the Tweed were among those charged.
One person was believed to be linked to around $1 million worth of amphetamines.
More people were likely to be charged, bringing the total number to about 30, police said.
The accused, including two women, are expected to appear in various courts in South-East Queensland in the coming days.
CMC director of crime operations, acting Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Doyle, declined to put a dollar value on the raids.
The drugs were believed to have been headed for the streets of South-East Queensland.
"We have disrupted the flow of dangerous drugs between NSW and Queensland and have shown that state borders do not impede crime agencies in combating organised crime," Chief Supt Doyle said. The operation contained "an ethnic aspect", but Chief Supt Doyle declined to identify the nationality.