5 December, 2020
National Day of Action targeting Mongols OMCG
Queensland Police have taken enforcement action against members and associates of the Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG), resulting in the arrest of eight people across the South East region.
The joint operation was supported by law enforcement agencies across Australia and New Zealand, coordinated through the National Taskforce Morpheus network.
Queensland’s efforts were focused on Mongols members in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Logan and was coordinated by officers from the Organised Crime Gangs Group, Taskforce Maxima and Major and Organised Crime (South East Region), supported by Corrective Services Investigation Unit and the State Flying Squad.
Multiple search warrants were executed yesterday at properties in Narangba, Rochedale, Carina, Southport and Paradise Point.
During the raids police located a quantity of drugs, ammunition, cash and Mongols paraphernalia.
In addition, 29 prisoners and their cells at five prisons were also searched.
In total eight people have been charged with 18 offences, including an alleged senior member of the Mongols charged with firearm offences.
Consorting notices were also issued.
Crime and Intelligence Command Acting Assistant Commissioner Katherine Innes said co-ordinated activities were an important part of disrupting OMCG criminal activity.
“These ongoing activities are based on real time intelligence, and in response to anti-social and violent behaviour by gang members, which impacts the safety of the community.
“OMCGs typically attract and recruit criminals and the Mongols are not a group of people innocently riding motorcycles.
“They have a history of violence and links to established criminal networks.
“We will continue to work collaboratively with our state, territory and Commonwealth partners to take action at every opportunity to dismantle and disrupt the illegal, anti-social and violent behaviours associated with OMCGs,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Innes said.
Police and Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan congratulated the Queensland Police Service following yesterday’s series of coordinated raids.
“Yesterday’s operation targeting members of the Mongols OMCG is further proof that the Government’s tough organised crime and anti-gang laws are working,” Minister Ryan said.
“The relentless pressure of police is constantly disrupting and preventing the threat these groups pose to society.
“Our laws are the strongest, toughest, most comprehensive laws in the nation.
“I commend the Queensland Police Service and its specialist anti-gang taskforce, Taskforce Maxima, for its relentless efforts targeting organised crime.
“The State Budget delivered a $5.4 million boost in funding to the operational capability of Queensland Organised Crime specialists.
“The message to OMCG groups is crystal clear – police are coming for you,” the Minister said.