Anti-association laws behind 30 out of 1000 Maxima arrests

QUEENSLAND'S anti-bikie taskforce, Maxima, has notched its 1000th arrest in an ongoing battle against drugs and other crime.

However, only 30 alleged bikies have been charged by the taskforce under the State Government's anti-association laws.

Fairfax Media reports that in the nine months since its formation, the taskforce has arrested 1000 offenders on 2418 charges, 1096 of those related to drug crime.

The controversial laws ban three or more members of a declared criminal organisation being knowingly present in a pub-lic place and were introduced in conjunction with the establishment of Taskforce Maxima in October last year.

The taskforce was formed under the edict of Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie and heralded as the squad to "disrupt, dismantle and eliminate criminal motorcycle gangs" from Queensland.

Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said the taskforce was fulfilling its brief, with crime across the state falling 2.8%.

"I'm not saying it's the only reason it's gone down, but certainly the concentrated effort has made a big difference," Insp Smith said.

The taskforce was not only targeting bikies, he added, but also "their networks".

"Their customers, who are buying the drugs, are the ones doing the break-and-enters," he said.



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