Major operation sees 66 bikie arrests

THE Moreton District Criminal Investigation Branch in conjunction with the State Crime Command and other external partners have closed a major operation targeting the illegal drug activities of an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang chapter president and a network of associates.

Operation Mike Apex, underway since December 10, has seen 66 people arrested on a significant 1,133 offences including 23 offenders charged with drug trafficking.

Over the course of the operation, over 730 grams of Ice was seized, along with a number of vehicles on suspicion of concealing drugs.

Police will allege that the principal offender, a 42-year-old Burpengary man, the president of the newly-formed Caboolture chapter of the Nomads OMCG, along with a network of associates, engaged in trafficking and supply of dangerous drugs - primarily Ice.

It will be further alleged that prior to 'patching over' to the Nomads, he was the long-term president of the Caboolture chapter of the Lone Wolf OMCG.

The chapter president has been charged with trafficking and supply of dangerous drugs with a Vicious Lawless Associate circumstance of aggravation as an office bearer.

Five other men - a 41-year old from Burpengary, a 27-year-old from Bellara, a 28-year-old from Morayfield, a 30-year-old from Cleveland and a 25-year-old from Wynnum West - along with a 28-year-old Burpengary woman have also been charged with trafficking and supply of dangerous drugs with a circumstance of Vicious Lawless Associate circumstance of aggravation as a gang participant.

All seven initially appeared in Caboolture Magistrates Court last Friday, and will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday (December 17).

The remaining offenders will go before various Courts over the next few weeks.

Moreton District Inspector Paul Schmidt said Operation Mike Apex had been a success

"This has been a long and complicated investigation, but the results speak for themselves," Inspector Schmidt said.

"We have managed to disrupt a criminal network supplying and trafficking dangerous drugs. That means we've prevented significant quantity of Ice from making it to the streets.

"I want to thank our dedicated local Moreton officers for their hard work as well as Taskforce Maxima, the Special Emergency Response Team, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Border Force and the Crime and Corruption Investigation for their invaluable assistance.

"We won't hesitate to take enforcement action against participants and former participants of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs wherever they are."

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.