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Eight people charged after police raid Mongols bikie gang

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Queensland Police have arrested eight people across Brisbane and the Gold Coast as part of a national joint operation targeting members and associates of the Mongols bikie gang.

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The joint operation was supported by law enforcement agencies across Australia and New Zealand, coordinated through the National Taskforce Morpheus network.

Police said officers from the Organised Crime Gangs Group, Taskforce Maxima and Major and Organised Crime, supported by the Corrective Services Investigation Unit and State Flying Squad raided homes and businesses in Narangba, Rochedale, Carina, Southport and Paradise Point.

During the raids police found drugs including steroids, cocaine, hallucinogens and prescription medication, ammunition, cash and Mongols paraphernalia. Also searched were 29 prisoners and their cells at five prisons around the state.

Police said eight people had been charged with 18 drug, weapons and explosives related offences.

Crime and Intelligence Command Acting Assistant Commissioner Katherine Innes said co-ordinated activities were an important part of disrupting OMCG criminal activity.

“These ongoing activities are based on real-time intelligence, and in response to anti-social and violent behaviour by gang members, which impacts the safety of the community,” she said.

“Outlaw motorcycle gangs typically attract and recruit criminals and the Mongols are not a group of people innocently riding motorcycles. They have a history of violence and links to established criminal networks.

“We will continue to work collaboratively with our state, territory and Commonwealth partners to take action at every opportunity to dismantle and disrupt the illegal, anti-social and violent behaviours associated with OMCGs.

Police and Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan congratulated the Queensland Police Service following yesterday’s series of coordinated raids.

“Yesterday’s operation targeting members of the Mongols is further proof that the Government’s tough organised crime and anti-gang laws are working,” he said.

“The relentless pressure of police is constantly disrupting and preventing the threat these groups pose to society.

“Our laws are the strongest, toughest, most comprehensive laws in the nation.

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