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Gladstone raids show drug links to outlaw bikie gangs

Bell Street residence raided.
Bell Street residence raided. The Observer

GLADSTONE'S latest drug raids have revealed links between the region's trafficking networks and the Black Uhlans and Bandidos outlaw bikie gangs.

Gladstone police have now closed a 12-month drug Operation Kilo Prophecy, with plenty of scalps to show for it.

More than 20 search warrants were executed at various addresses, and 49 people were charged with 171 offences - including 14 people charged for drug trafficking.

The operation initially targeted people involved in the distribution, and particularly trafficking, of dangerous drugs, as well as their manufacture.

Gladstone Police Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey.
Gladstone Police Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey. Brenda Strong

Gladstone Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said the operation had uncovered a number of dangerous drug labs.

"The investigation, which has been ongoing for 12 months, we've so far located six clandestine laboratories and a large quantity of dangerous drugs," he said.

As well as the location and seizure of drugs and equipment, Detective Senior Sergeant Peachey said detectives had also uncovered ties to at least two outlaw motorcycle gangs.

"Throughout our investigations, which focused on the use of telephone intercepts, as well as covert and overt methods, we've now investigated links betweens the Black Uhlans chapters and the Bandidos chapters," he said.

While Monday saw the end of the successful operation, Detective Senior Sergeant Peachey said he believed the arrests would continue over the coming days and weeks in relation to the operation.

Regional crime co-ordinator for the Central Region, Detective Acting Superintendent Darrin Shadlaw said the operation had required a number of police units in various regions working in tandem to successfully carry it out.

Detective Senior Sergeant Peachey said Gladstone police would remain proactive in tracking down those people making a living in trafficking dangerous drugs.

Latest raids in Operation Kilo Prophecy:

  •  49 people charged
  • Charges covered 171 different offences
  • 14 people charged with drug trafficking
  • Links to two separate outlaw motorcycle gangs uncovered

Flurry of raids net many

MONDAY morning tranquillity was shattered when Gladstone police executed more than 20 search warrants at various locations as drug Operation Kilo Prophecy concluded.

Simultaneous raids were conducted at properties on Bell St, Whiting St and Smith St, as well as other residences, as drugs were seized, arrests were made and links to bikie gangs were uncovered.

Neighbours were out looking to witness the mass raids, and uniformed officers were called to provide back-up for detectives as 49 people were charged with 171 offences.

Search warrants were also executed in Agnes Water, Hervey Bay and Mackay, as the 12-month operation wrapped up.

Regional crime co-ordinator for the Central Region, Detective Acting Superintendent Darrin Shadlaw, said the successful operation had been the result of cohesion between various departments.

"The operation itself has utilised the services of the state crime command in Brisbane, the state drug investigation unit, as well as Gladstone and Rockhampton detectives, and warrants have also been executed in Mackay and Hervey Bay this morning (Monday), and we believe it will put a large dent in the drug industry in the Gladstone area," Detective Acting Superintendent Shadlaw said.

Police thanked the public for their help, and said they remained relentless in their pursuit of offenders.

A house in Whiting Street Gladstone was raided by detectives on Monday morning.
A house in Whiting Street Gladstone was raided by detectives on Monday morning. The Observer

Topics:  bikie gangs, crime, drugs, gladstone, gladstone police




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