NTERSTATE and overseas police will target Queensland bikies leading double lives – law-abiding here and outlaws across the border.
Agencies will track the \”ex-bikies\” from Tweed Heads to Thailand in a bid to expose sham resignations from gangs to circumvent harsh new anti-gang laws.
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Surveillance will be gathered on the outlaws suspected to be slipping back into colours and crime once out of Queensland.
The Mongols, formed from the notorious Surfers Paradise Finks, are among those looking to dodge the heavy attention, setting up a clubhouse just over the border in NSW.
The Sunday Mail understands NSW police are bracing for more Gold Coast gangs to follow.
Some bikies carry sworn statements they have quit clubs as protection against laws that deny members the right to gather in public, slash chances of bail and prolong jail terms by up to 25 years.
Taskforce Maxima boss Mick Niland said these affidavits would hold no water if police, using photos of them in colours or with gang members outside Queensland, showed ex-bikies still had a role in gang crime.
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\”Some may have genuinely disassociated themselves from clubs and we\’re not interested in those persons,\” he said.
\”But we are particularly interested in those that are still committing serious crimes, like drug trafficking, and are still associating with criminal motorcycle gangs interstate and internationally.
\”When and if we make an arrest and they produce the affidavit saying \’I\’m not a member\’, our evidence will be, yes, you are a participant, because here it is: the colour footage, internationally and interstate.\”
Det Supt Niland said that meant going out in public in groups of three or more would still be illegal for those \”ex-bikies\” – but only in Queensland.
The new \”Mongols\’ Nation\” headquarters in Chinderah is located in an industrial warehouse.
It neighbours the Venus Lounge brothel and a former bordello operated by Gold Coast identity Ken Lacey on behalf of his jailed sons.
Unlike their Gold Coast counterparts, Tweed police say they are powerless to stop the Mongols moving in.
\”We don\’t have the same laws down here unfortunately,\’\’ one officer said.
Det Supt Niland said police were tracking bikies\’ travels through the National Anti-Gangs Squad, agencies like the Tax Office and Immigration, and foreign crime agencies.
Southeast Asia, now home to former local figures including ex-Hells Angels Brisbane president Errol Gildea and Bandido Kerry McNaught – will be a particular focus.