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Police crackdown on emerging outlaw motorcycle gang

CAIRNS detectives have charged seven people as part of an operation targeting members and associates of the Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) in the city.

Operation Victor Jenga commenced in August 2023 with the aim to disrupt, gather intelligence, and conduct enforcement actions on the emerging Cairns City chapter of the Mongols OMCG.

Officers from the Major and Organised Crime Squad (Far Northern), Organised Crime Gangs Group and Taskforce Maxima, supported by Cairns Criminal Investigation Branch and Far North District Tactical Crime Squad, conducted multiple raids at properties in Smithfield, Kewarra Beach, Mooroobool, Redlynch, Holloways Beach, and Edmonton, on Thursday 26 October.

In total, seven people have been charged with 17 offences including assault occasioning actual bodily harm, drug and weapons offences.

Acting Detective Inspector Mark Andrews said detectives will continue to come down hard on this emerging chapter of Mongols OMCG in Cairns.

“Our message is clear, if you are a member of or if you associate with organised crime groups such as the Mongols OMCG, you will be targeted,” he said.

“This day of action is only one part of the dedicated and targeted action by the Organised Crime Gangs Group, Major and Organised Crime Squads and Taskforce Maxima, and it will continue.”

A 37-year-old Kewarra Beach man has been charged with one count each of possession dangerous drug (cocaine and steroids) and possess weapon. He is expected to appear at Cairns Magistrates Court on 17 November.

A 30-year-old Manunda man has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, contravene Magistrates direction (s205A Criminal Code) and unlicensed driving. He is expected to appear at Cairns Magistrates Court on 10 November.

A 34-year-old Kewarra Beach man has been charged with wear prohibited item (Mongols clothing) in public place, contravene Magistrates direction (s205A Criminal Code) and drug driving. He is expected to appear at Cairns Magistrates Court on 17 November.

A 35-year-old Brinsmead man has been charged with multiple drug offences, contravene Magistrates direction (s205A Criminal Code) and drug driving. He is expected to appear at Cairns Magistrates Court on 10 November.

A 29-year-old Edmonton mas has been charged with possess weapon, contravene Magistrates direction (s205A Criminal Code) and drug driving. He is expected to appear at Cairns Magistrates Court on 1 December.

A 28-year-old Kewarra Beach man has been charged with drug driving is expected to appear at Caboolture Magistrates Court on 16 January.

A 34-year-old Redlynch man has been charged with drug driving and is expected to appear at Cairns Magistrates Court on 16 December.

The raids follow several targeted vehicle intercepts on 18 October, where detectives identified seven Mongols OMCG members and issued five notices to appear for drug driving and possession of dangerous drugs namely steroids.

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Warning issued about poor air quality and Cairns Judo Club showcase skills on Esplanade.

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