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Bikie wannabe jailed after drugs and weapons discovery

Wannabe bikie Andrew Barton Clarke-Davis (right) from Toowoomba was jailed after police located meth and guns in the vehicle he was travelling in near Ipswich. Picture: Supplied
Wannabe bikie Andrew Barton Clarke-Davis (right) from Toowoomba was jailed after police located meth and guns in the vehicle he was travelling in near Ipswich. Picture: Supplied

A FORMER Warwick man who once tried to blow up a police officer's home has been jailed for his latest brush with the law.

Wannabe bikie Andrew Barton Clarke-Davis, 23, who grew up in Toowoomba, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in the Brisbane Supreme Court to a host of drug and weapon offences committed while on a suspended sentence for an unrelated matter.

The court heard Clarke-Davis was a Bandidos "prospect" at the time and was jailed last year for his involvement in the infamous 2013 bikie brawl on the Gold Coast.

Crown prosecutor Dejana Kovac told the court police were forced to draw their guns after they pulled over a car he was a passenger in near Ipswich on June 18, 2013.

She said a subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered a significant quantity of meth, a loaded semi-automatic handgun and a sawn-off double-barrelled shotgun.

"Police located two containers in the vehicle which contained 27.64g and 25.77g of methamphetamine respectively, both of which had a high level of purity," she said.

"The two weapons along with ammunition were located in a bag at his feet."

Ms Kovac said Clarke-Davis was not a stranger to the inside of a courtroom or a prison cell.

She said he had a lengthy criminal history for drug and weapons offences, including a 2011 conviction for manufacturing six chlorine bombs that he detonated outside a Warwick police officer's home.

"He has been sentenced to terms of imprisonment on six occasions," she said.

"It is pretty clear his latest offending was extremely serious and it is abundantly clear there was a commercial aspect to it."

Defence barrister Saul Holt said Clarke-Davis's offending only started after he became involved with a criminal motorcycle gang he considered to be his family.

He said Clarke-Davis now claims he had now cut all ties with the organisation.

Justice David Boddice sentenced Clarke-Davis to three years behind bars.

He told Clarke-Davis that if he did not want to spend the majority of his adult life behind bars then he needed to dissociate himself from the drug world and the company he had kept.

Justice Boddice ordered Clarke-Davis be released on parole on March 28, 2016, after serving 14 months of the sentence.

- APN NEWSDESK.

Topics:  bandidos court crime criminal motorcycle gangs



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