Rebels Bikies Arrested In Queensland Under New Anti-Gang Laws
It's the first time the laws have been used to make an arrest for habitual consorting by a criminal network.
Alleged members of the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang have been arrested on multiple charges in north-west Queensland under the state’s new organised crime laws.
A series of police raids under Operation Quebec Schedule led to the arrest of six men, including several “patched” gang members, in Mount Isa, Cloncurry and Rockhampton, police said in a statement on Sunday.
Another 24 Rebels members were also handed warnings for habitual consorting.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said this was the first time OMCG members had been charged with habitual consorting under the new laws, brought in by the Palaszczuk government in November 2016.
“This will have a significant impact on the Mount Isa Rebel chapter,” Minister Ryan said.
Four men, including two “patched” Rebels gang members, were arrested and charged with habitual consorting, while another 24-year-old man was charged with drug offences and handed a warning for habitual consorting.
A former Rebels president, 51, was also charged with alleged drug offences after a Winston home was raided on Sunday morning.
Detective Inspector Tim Leadbetter said officers and detectives have been “transparent and overt in (their) intentions”.
“Those charged were provided with official warnings including details of who they should not consort with, along with an explanation of the legislation and ramifications,” he said.
“We will pursue those gang members who consort with recognised offenders as a deterrence to those establishing, maintaining or expanding criminal networks.”
All of the men were released on strict bail conditions and will face court on August 7.
The habitual consorting charge carries a three-year jail sentence.
Meanwhile, another confirmed gang member was arrested on the Gold Coast on Friday following an alleged violent burglary in north Brisbane on May 25.
Facing multiple charges including breaking and entering with intent and assault occasioning bodily harm, the 29-year-old man was remanded in custody to face court on Monday.