Three Bandidos members refused bail on extortion charges
THREE members of the Bandidos criminal motorcycle gang have been arrested in relation to an alleged extortion on one of their own members.
The Sunshine Coast Gang Squad supported by officers from Task Force Maxima made the arrests this morning. The victim, a 49-year-old man was a member of the Bandidos Sunshine Coast Chapter.
When he decided to resign from the club he was allegedly ordered by the President of the Chapter to hand over his new $24,000 Harley Davidson motorcycle.
The victim, a local family man, eventually handed the motorcycle over when members of the Bandidos attended his home.
The three Bandido CMG members arrested are all senior members of the CMG and current or former office bearers. Two of the men arrested reside on the Sunshine Coast whilst the third man, a Toowoomba resident is alleged by police to be a member of the Bandidos CMG Toowoomba Chapter.
Each of the three members are facing charges of extortion and stealing. The Toowoomba Bandido member is also facing charges of receiving and fraud.
The men appeared at Maroochydore Magistrates Court and Toowoomba Magistrates Court and were refused bail. They will remain in custody to appear at Court on 19 January 2015. Police investigations into the matter are continuing.
Detective Inspector David Drinnen from the Crime Services Group on the Sunshine Coast said that these arrests show clearly CMGs can no longer continue to rely on their threats, or their intimidation tactics to hold power over victims.
"The new legislation has given victims the confidence and support to follow through with their complaints and work with police to achieve positive outcomes," Detective Inspector Drinnen said.
Acting Detective Inspector David Cove said that there is a focus across Queensland at every local police district on CMGs.
"The arrests today of these prominent Bandido members by the Sunshine Coast Gang Squad demonstrate that local policing effort against CMG offending at work. Task Force Maxima will continue in its work to support and assist CMG policing at the local level," Acting Detective Inspector Cove said.