Hells Angels targeted in dawn raids on Gold Coast

THREE people allegedly involved in the Hells Angels criminal gang were taken into custody this morning on a number of charges, including extortion, supplying dangerous drugs, assault.

Detectives from Taskforce Maxima staged simultaneous dawn raids at Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast taking into custody two patched members and a nominee of the Hells Angels criminal gang.

The operation, codenamed Mike Ion, targeted the activities of the Hells Angels Gold Coast Chapter whose members were allegedly extorting money and supplying dangerous drugs (ICE).

It will be alleged the complainant in this instance was assaulted and extorted in relation to a debt owed by a third person.

It will be further alleged these offenders made victims hand over their motor vehicles, through threats and a fear of violence, as collateral for the debts.

Investigations are continuing surrounding allegations of additional victims who were also assaulted and extorted by the accused.  Investigators are confident there are others and ask for them to come forward.

During this morning's raids three search warrants were executed, and as a result three men are being questioned in relation to extortion with a circumstance of aggravation in that they are vicious lawless associates (VLAD Act), drug supply and being a participant in criminal organisation knowingly present in public place.

Two Varsity Lakes men aged 23-years-old and 30-years-old are allegedly patched members of the Hells Angels criminal gang, and a third Varsity Lakes man aged 27-years-old is an alleged nominee of the Hells Angels criminal gang.

Detective Superintendent Niland, Commander, Taskforce Maxima said: "Once again the true nature of these gangs has been revealed.''

"They work together to standover and bully people as a group.  The actions of these gang members are why the new laws are necessary."

"For too long these gangs have used their networks and gang membership to facilitate crime, using threats and intimidation to make victims both comply with their demands, but also to discourage them from complaining to authority.

"These results show how the new laws and the on-going enforcement action are changing things for the better. People now have the confidence to come forward, they are making complaints, they are providing information, and I suspect we will see a lot more of it."

The alleged offenders are expected to face the Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Investigations are on going and additional charges are expected.

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