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Ballina Rebels vice president charged in drug blitz

A PATCHED member of the Rebels motorcycle gang from Ballina is among those arrested as part of cross-border drug trafficking blitz by NSW and Queensland Police.

Detectives from Taskforce Maxima and New South Wales Police this morning closed the joint operation resulting in the arrest of alleged Criminal Motorcycle Gang participants.

Ballina detectives commenced an investigation in November last year after identifying participants of the Rebels Criminal Motorcycle Gang (Ballina Chapter) allegedly trafficking dangerous drugs on the Gold Coast.

Taskforce Maxima joined the operation and today executed search warrants on the Gold Coast, Goodna and in the Ballina region.

Police arrested a 31-year-old Bangalow man in New South Wales after allegedly seizing a quantity of amphetamines valued at $14,000.

It is alleged the man is a patched member of the Rebels Criminal Motorcycle gang and Vice President of the Ballina chapter, police said in a statement.

He was charged with being a participant in a criminal organisation and being knowingly present in a public place, two counts of drug trafficking with circumstance of aggravation (VLAD Act), one count each of possessing dangerous drugs with circumstance of aggravation (VLAD Act), possessing instructions for producing dangerous drugs, possessing house breaking tools and driving under the influence of drugs and five counts of disqualified driving.

A 19-year-old man from Carrara, was arrested and charged with being a participant in a criminal organisation and being knowingly present in a public place. It will be alleged this person is a participant of the Rebels Criminal Motorcycle Gang.

The alleged offenders are due to face Southport Magistrates Court later today.

Investigations are continuing and additional arrests are expected throughout the day.

Detective Inspector Brendan Smith of Taskforce Maxima said the arrests were a result of both police agencies working in close collaboration.

"This operation clearly reflects the ongoing co-operation between Queensland and New South Wales Police. Both agencies work closely to target the activities of criminal motorcycle gangs," Detective Inspector Smith said.

"These gangs attempt to exploit state borders in an attempt to hamper law enforcement efforts but the success of this operation obviously illustrates law enforcement work together to successfully target their criminal activity regardless of where they live and operate.

"These actions clearly reflect the Queensland and New South Wales Police commitment to disrupting and eliminating the criminal activities of these gangs."

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