By Cloe Read
Sixteen bikies and associates of motorcycle gangs have been charged with 60 offences as part of a police operation in the Mackay region.
Detectives from the Crime and Intelligence Command’s Organised Crime Gangs Group deployed to Mackay last week, where they executed 17 search warrants between March 18 and March 24.
A member of the Nomads outlaw motorcycle gang, a 36-year-old man, was charged with possessing tainted property, possessing explosives and possessing property suspected of being used in connection with drug offences, after police raided an Airlie Beach property.
Police said about $70,000 was seized during the search, with investigations ongoing.
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The man was also charged with impersonating police after he allegedly stopped a vehicle on March 19 using red and blue flashing lights found fitted to the dashboard of his vehicle.
A 23-year-old West Mackay woman was charged with five counts of possessing dangerous drugs, including fantasy and methylamphetamine and cannabis, two counts of possessing controlled drugs, and one count each of possessing utensil and possessing anything used in the commission of a crime.
Police said motorcycle club paraphernalia, including a Rebels vest and belt, were seized from other addresses.
Detective Acting Superintendent Craig McGrath said the operation showed police would continue to target bikie gangs across Queensland.
“Statewide, the Organised Crime Gangs Group will continue supporting local police to target the offending of these criminal organisations, as well as gathering intelligence to share among law enforcement nationally,” he said.