October 24 2014

– Bikie drug traffickers used letters purporting to be from lawyers. (Pic digitally altered
Bikie drug traffickers used letters purporting to be from lawyers. (Pic digitally altered)
PRISON drug trafficking networks linked to the Bandidos and Mongols bikie gangs used fake letters purported to be from Brisbane lawyers to smuggle drugs into jails, police say.

Detectives who smashed the two networks allege ice, marijuana and the drug subutex were brought into Arthur Gorrie (Brisbane) and Maryborough correctional centres, with inmate bikie associates co-ordinating the networks in and outside of jails.

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Taskforce Maxima and Queensland Corrections officers raided homes and prison cells, with two convicted murderers and two bikie associates in jail among those charged with trafficking offences.

A Mongols associate, 25, an inmate in Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre, is charged with drug trafficking and is accused of trying to buy 10 guns for $3000, which he planned to sell outside jail.

A Bandidos associate, 27, in Maryborough jail, is also charged with drug trafficking.

Police seized five mobile phones from inmates and allege both bikie associates had used phones to communicate with their networks.

Taskforce Maxima Commander Detective Superintendent Mick Niland said more arrests would be made. So far the operation had netted 19 people on 51 charges.

The police operation was launched in June, with five ounces of ice, two ounces of marijuana and more than 100 strips of subutex seized. Some drugs made it to prisoners.

Police puts a stop to alleged bikie drug ring
Police puts a stop to alleged bikie drug ring
Police allege the phones seized in prison were used “quite regularly”.

Detective Inspector Terry Lawrence said 10 people were charged with trafficking during the operation. Of the seven inmates charged, five are facing trafficking offences.

Insp Lawrence said the networks, which operated separately, used a number of ways to bring in the drugs.

“One of the means used to introduce the drugs to the prison was through mail, purporting to be legal mail, which was intercepted,” he said.

“By legislation legal correspondence can get checked by Queensland Corrective Services if they have a suspicion or belief there is something unlawful within it.

“They were purporting to be existing solicitors’ firms in Queensland and we’ve yet to have discussions and we intend to with those particular firms.”

Supt Niland said the operation showed how “serious, violent and ruthless” the crime gangs were.

Another $21,000 linked to the investigation was seized outside of the prison.

Police said the price of methamphetamines and marijuana could be four times higher than street prices in a jail, while a strip of subutex cut into four pieces would be worth $400.

Police declined to comment on whether drugs were brought into the jails through visits, and said there was no suggestion members of Queensland Corrections had been “party to or helped facilitate” the drug networks.

– Thomas Chamberlin


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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