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Qld Mongols 'decimated' during operation with 50 charged

FIFTY people have been charged with trafficking offences between Logan, Ipswich, the Gold Coast and Gladstone over the course of Operation Lima Interlude, which concluded today.

Those charged include 10 current and former members of the Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

The operation started in November 2013, and investigated the criminal activity of the Mongols after members of the Finks OMCG patched over after being declared a criminal organisation.

Taskforce Maxima was assisted by officers from the State Crime Command, Gold Coast and Gladstone districts, and the National Anti-Gang Squad in the execution of 50 search warrants across Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, the Gold Coast and Gladstone.

Police seized a number of dangerous drugs as a result of the operation, including Methylamphetamine, MDMA pills, cocaine, cannabis and steroids.

Investigators also located an illicit laboratory at Lower Beechmont and a hydroponic cannabis crop at Biggera Waters.

Those charged include a 45-year-old Chuwar man, believed to be the President of the Gold chapter of the Mongols, a 26-year-old Gold Coast man believed to be the chapter's Treasurer, and a 29-year-old Gold Coast man who police allege is the chapter's enforcer.

Detective Inspector Terry Lawrence of Taskforce Maxima said that the protracted operations fully exposed the inner workings and criminal activity of OMCGs in Queensland, in this case the Mongols OMCG.

"Throughout the operation we took tactical action against the Mongols, seizing dangerous drugs, cash and charging members for serious offences," Detective Inspector Lawrence said.

"We will allege this outlaw motorcycle gang went right back to their business of selling dangerous drugs without any hesitation or sign of remorse."

Task Force Maxima Commander, Detective Superintendent Michael Niland said the Finks, and now Mongols has been the dominant crime gang on the Gold Coast for the past decade.

"The Mongols have caused enormous grief and damage to the wider community," he said.

"Today the Queensland Office bearers of the Mongols, along with other patched members and associates have been arrested charged with trafficking ICE. 

"The operation led by Taskforce Maxima has decimated the Queensland Mongols," he said.