DETECTIVES from Task Force Maxima executed a series of search warrants throughout south-east Queensland yesterday as part of Operation Mike Crimson 2.
The operation targeted the involvement of criminal motorcycle gangs, particularly the Lone Wolf Criminal motorcycle gang, in the illegal distribution of performance and image enhancing drugs.
A total of 10 search warrants were executed on a supplement store and the homes of persons linked to the Lone Wolf. Warrants were executed at residences in Crestmead, Hawthorne, Augustine Heights, Chevron Island, Windaroo and Parkinson, in addition to a supplement store in Daisy Hill.
The raid resulted in the seizure of 196 vials of steroids, 57 ecstasy tablets, cannabis, $3600 cash and other drug paraphernalia.
Seven people were issued with a notice to appear on 37 charges including producing dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing controlled substances, possessing restricted drugs without prescription and fail to dispose of syringe.
A 25-year-old Crestmead man has been issued with a notice to appear in relation to one count of producing a dangerous drug, three counts possession of dangerous drugs, fail to dispose of a syringe and two counts of possession things used in a crime.
A 29-year-old Crestmead woman has been issued with a notice to appear in relation to possession of drug utensil.
A 26-year-old Augustine Heights man has been issued with a notice to appear in relation 2 counts of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of a restricted drug and possession of a drug utensil.
A 32-year-old Chevon Island man has been was issued with a notice to appear for five counts of possession of a dangerous drug and six counts of possession of a restricted drug.
A 20-year-old Parkinson woman has been was issued with a notice to appear for possession of a restricted drug.
A 26-year-old Windaroo man has been was issued with a notice to appear for possession of a dangerous drug and fail to dispose a syringe.
A 26-year-old Hawthorne man has been was issued with a notice to appear for six counts of possession of a dangerous drug and two counts each of possession of a restricted drug and possession of things used in a crime.
Detective Inspector Brendan Smith from Task Force Maxima said the offences detected in Operation Mike Crimson 2 provide further evidence of the variety of criminal behaviour these gangs are involved in.
"Often these drugs are homemade or supplied without medical supervision which could have lasting impacts on the user's health," Detective Inspector Smith said.
"It is also important the community understands that unlawful possession of steroids is a criminal offence and is treated in the same manner as other drug offences.
"They should not believe propaganda suggesting otherwise."
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.
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