Gympie bikie raids uncover 224 cannabis plants
SIX people including a 53-year-old woman from Amamoor near Gympie are facing charges following raids targeting Queensland bikie gangs.
Police allege searches of two Moorhouse Gully Rd properties uncovered three sheds being used to grow cannabis.
In total, 224 cannabis plants, with a potential value of over $500,000, were seized along with a large quantity of growing equipment, steroids and drug paraphernalia.
The woman has been charged with producing dangerous drug, drug possession and using equipment related to a crime.
Police believe the seizures are linked to the Finks and Mongols motorcycle gangs.
She is to appear at Gympie Magistrates Court, although a date has not been confirmed.
Police expect to charge a second person in relation to the Sunday raids.
The anti-bikie unit Taskforce Maxima raided properties at Clear Island Waters on the Gold Coast and Brisbane's Alexandra Hills on Friday.
Police seized a bobcat worth allegedly stolen from a Boyne Island plumbing company, near Gladstone, earlier this year.
The machine is valued at $56,000.
On Saturday, police raided properties in Redcliffe and Carina in Brisbane.
Five men aged between 19 and 49 were charged from Redcliffe, Alexandra Hills, Carina and Clear Island Waters with a variety of drugs and weaponry offences.
Police will allege those charges are linked to Rebels, Lone Wolf and Bandidos illegal motorcycle gangs.
Detective Inspector Brendan Smith of Taskforce Maxima said the extent of the raids showed the anti-bikie unit was capable of striking wherever necessary.
"The variety of the types of crime CMG participants and associates are involved in clearly reflects their obsession with money and greed with no consideration for the people they hurt and the damage they cause to the Queensland community," he said.
It follows a massive group of raids by police last week, as part of a 14-month operation targeting members of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang.
Police arrested 75 people on 252 charges from Gympie to Tweed.