Arson and assault charges for Kingaroy man
A KINGAROY man has been arrested with multiple offences including charges under vicious lawless associate (VLAD) laws today.
The 24-year-old has been charged with two counts of arson, once count each of deprivation of liberty and assault occasioning in bodily harm in company, drug trafficking and retaliation of a judicial witness with a circumstance of aggravation of being a vicious lawless associate (VLAD).
He was arrested with seven other men today including ex-members of the Comancheros OMCG who claimed to be attempting to start up a chapter of the Rebels OMCG to be based in the Western suburbs of Brisbane.
The men have 58 criminal offences between them and were arrested under Operation North Gulf 2 which targeted the criminal activities of a violent outlaw motorcycle gang.
The charges come after eight people were arrested on May 15 for a range of serious criminal offences in relation to Comancheros OMCG.
Taskforce Maxima from the State Crime Command made the arrests.
Detective Acting Superintendent Smith of Taskforce Maxima said today's arrests were a result of the growing confidence in the community which sees crime gangs losing their power.
"They used violence against those who stood up to them, including members of their own group," he said.
"We will be alleging they have used hammers to commit serious assaults on persons and set fire to a vehicle and a residence which could have proved fatal.
"Intimidation is their business model and the community has had enough.
"Make no mistake this group of men were vicious crime gang, who wanted to use the power and networks of OMCGs to extend their criminality. They are now totally dismantled."