ACTION STATIONS: A 10-day joint police crackdown on outlaw motorcycle gangs operating along the NSW-Queensland border has resulted in the seizure of firearms, drugs and cash (pictured below), and the shutdown of two clubhouses.
ACTION STATIONS: A 10-day joint police crackdown on outlaw motorcycle gangs operating along the NSW-Queensland border has resulted in the seizure of firearms, drugs and cash (pictured below), and the shutdown of two clubhouses. Nathan Patterson

Outlaws targeted in strike

GUNS, drugs, cash, a cannon and a pill press have been seized during a massive 10-day bikie crackdown in Byron Bay and Tweed Heads.

Two bike clubhouses belonging to the Odin's Warriors and the Mongols have also been dismantled by officers from Strike Force Raptor (NSW Police), Taskforce Maxima (Queensland Police), the National Anti Gangs Squad (Australian Federal Police), local officers, and the dog squad.

The region's top cop, Superintendent Stuart Wilkins, has declared there are now no outlaw motorcycle gang clubhouses operating in the Tweed-Byron command.

"If they pop their head up, they will be targeted," he said.

"Make no mistake, they're involved in organised crime."

On March 12 and 13, officers from Strike Force Raptor inspected licensed premises in Byron Bay.

Across the two days, police searched 23 people, inspected six businesses, arrested one person, detected prohibited drugs and issued 46 traffic infringement notices.

In the wider Tweed-Byron command, eight people were arrested on 30 charges.

Five firearms, including a cannon, were seized. One pistol was disguised in the form of a reusable lighter.

Police also found a pill press allegedly being used to manufacture illegal drugs.

"You don't find pill presses in the back of residential homes of mums and dads," Detective Superintendent Mick Niland, of Taskforce Maxima, said.

"There are no borders in the fight against gangs.

"This multi-pronged approach, with unprecedented level of co-operation between states and the commonwealth, provides an excellent platform to co-ordinate enforcement actions such as these."

 


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