100-plus charges laid after raids

Detectives from the Organised Crime Gang Group’s (OCGG) Taskforce Maxima along with officers from the Warwick and Stanthorpe Criminal Investigation Branches (CIB) yesterday wrapped up an operation targeting drugs and firearms on the Darling Downs.

As part of Operation Quebec Sofala, search warrants were executed at addresses in Warwick, Wheatvale, Cottonvale, Tannymorel, Severnlea, Leyburn and Pittsworth.

During a search at an address of an alleged Bandidos OMCG member in Warwick, police located and seized a number of unlicensed firearms including a handgun, several long arms, body armour and ammunition.

Investigators also located a significant quantity of dangerous drugs at the address.

During other tactical action across the Darling Downs, police located quantities of ice, cannabis, steroids and prescription medication along with paraphernalia and weapons.

As a result of the operation, police have charged 22 people with 104 offences. Those charged include a number of known OMCG members and associates and will appear in Magistrates Courts in Warwick and Stanthorpe. The charges include drug and weapons offences as well as breaches of domestic violence orders.

Police also served 15 official consorting warning notices.

Detective Inspector Tim Leadbetter said the joint operation was a success.

“Taskforce Maxima with District police will continue to target members and associates of gangs causing harm to the community through the distribution of drugs and possession of weapons.”


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