A LONE Wolf Motorcycle Gang member from Sydney has been arrested for allegedly trafficking methylamphetamine (ICE) into a Queensland prisons.
Detectives from Queensland Police Service Task Force Maxima and New South Wales Police Strike Force Raptor executed an arrest warrant on a 46-year-old New South Wales man from Windsor in greater Sydney.
This action is the culmination of Operation Mike Clyde, a joint investigation by Task Force Maxima and Queensland Corrective Services which focusses on the criminal activities of the Mongols and Bandidos CMG.
The investigation uncovered networks associated with these CMGs within the Arthur Gorrie and Marybrough Queensland Correctional Centres.
In total, 21 people have been charged with 54 offences as part of the joint investigation, eight of which are inmates of Queensland correctional centres.
Police will allege that 11 of those charge, five of which are inmates, have been charged with trafficking in a dangerous drugs.
Detectives made an application in Central local court yesterday for the extradition of the Lone Wolf Criminal Motorcycle Gang member to Queensland, where he will be charged with trafficking dangerous drug in the Maryborough area between 15 August 2014 and 21 October 2014.
It will be alleged that the Lone Wolf Criminal Motorcycle Gang member along with an inmate of Maryborough Correctional Centre was responsible for the coordination of couriers who travelled from Queensland to Sydney to bring significant quantities of ICE back into Queensland.
It will be alleged the majority of the dangerous drugs trafficked into Queensland by the Lone Wolf Criminal Motorcycle Gang member arrested today were destined for a Queensland Correctional Centre.
It will be alleged that over 100 grams of high quality methylamphetamine seized during a targeted raid in Maryborough on 22 August 2014 was sourced from the Lone Wolf Criminal Motorcycle Gang member arrested yesterday.
Detective Inspector Terry Lawrence of Taskforce Maxima said the security and safety of those within Queensland correctional centres is very important to the community.
"Correctional centres help in the rehabilitation process. The trafficking of dangerous drugs into our correctional centres is an abuse of justice and denies a prisoners right to rehabilitate."
Taskforce Maxima Commander Detective Superintendent Niland said that drugs within prisons are a highly sort-after commodity.
"The seriousness of this activity illustrates the lengths criminal motorcycle gangs will go to in their criminality," he said.
"We will allege that this patched Lone Wolf crime gang member was the source to the ring leader of a sophisticated and highly secretive drug trafficking network targeting Queensland prisons."