A two-year operation by the CCC, in partnership with the QPS, dismantled a major organised crime network consisting of former members and associates of the Centro Chapter of the Bandidos criminal motorcycle gang (CMG). The network was trafficking crystal methamphetamine or “ice” and other drugs between Sydney and Brisbane.

The CCC established the operation, codenamed Juliet Wave, to address the criminal sophistication and resilience demonstrated by the ex-Centro members and their associates, and because ice is assessed by CCC strategic intelligence as the drug causing greatest harm to the Queensland community.

The operation employed various investigative strategies, focusing on key targets identified through intelligence and financial analysis. Investigators found they were using both legitimate business and criminal intermediaries to avoid risk and mask their criminal activities. The close cooperation with other law enforcement agencies also contributed to the successful outcome.

Drugs seized

  • Methylamphetamine – crystal, liquid, powder
  • Anabolic steroids – liquid and tablets
  • Amphetamines - powder
  • Cannabis – leaf, plant, seeds
  • Cocaine - powder
  • Heroin - powder
  • lysergide (LSD) - tablets
  • ecstasy – powder and tablets

Property seized

  • computers and storage devices
  • mobile phones
  • vehicles
  • jet skis
  • cash
  • drug utensils
  • weapons
steroid pills
Steroid pills
cannabis
10 pounds of cannabis

 

crystal methylamphetamine
Crystal methamphetamine

 

 

The CCC established the operation, codenamed Juliet Wave, to address the criminal sophistication and resilience demonstrated by the ex-Centro members and their associates, and because ice is assessed by CCC strategic intelligence as the drug causing greatest harm to the Queensland community.

The operation employed various investigative strategies, focusing on key targets identified through intelligence and financial analysis. Investigators found they were using both legitimate business and criminal intermediaries to avoid risk and mask their criminal activities. The close cooperation with other law enforcement agencies also contributed to the successful outcome.

The operation was closed in three phases. The closure of the covert stage occurred in October 2014 when 19 search warrants were executed at addresses in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Logan and Cairns, involving 100 officers of the CCC and the QPS with assistance from the National Anti-Gang Squad, the Australian Federal Police, and Customs and Border Protection Service.

By the completion of Operation Juliet Wave, a total of 66 people had been charged with 471 offences. This includes 13 persons being charged with the serious offence of drug trafficking, which in Queensland has a maximum prison sentence of 25 years.

Those arrested included a 28-year-old man who was a former office-bearer of the Centro Chapter of the Bandidos. During the investigation he surrendered his colours and formally disassociated himself from the Bandidos CMG.  A close associate, a 34-year-old South Brisbane man, was also charged with drug trafficking.  He is a part-owner of a Brisbane coffee shop where a BitCoin ATM was seized for forensic examination.

Drugs with an estimated value of $2.9 million were also seized including crystal and liquid ice estimated at over $2 million. The seizure of these drugs prevented them from entering communities and drugs proceeds being reinvested into further trafficking activities.

The CCC has also commenced proceeds of crime action in the Supreme Court against two targets of Operation Juliet Wave, successfully restraining assets and bank accounts to the value of $1 435 997.* The CCC expects to restrain more assets in the future.

* As at 8 May 2015.

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