Bodycam footage has captured the moment police smashed an alleged clandestine laboratory and Mongols bar in a major crime operation spanning across two states.
Operation Viking, which began 6am last Monday, resulted in more than $150,000 cash, seven firearms and a raft of prohibited drugs like methylamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana allegedly being seized across northern NSW and southeast Queensland.
The combined street value of the drugs is estimated to be more than $4.5 million.
The operation was established by NSW Police in partnership with the NSW Crime Commission, Queensland Police, Federal Police and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission to gather intelligence and disrupt bikie activities across the Northern Rivers and Gold Coast border regions.
State Crime Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Jason Weinstein, said it was the result of two weeks of intensive overt and covert operations to shadow outlaw motorcycle gang activity.
About 9pm on July 18, police located and dismantled an alleged drug laboratory at a property in Seelands, near Grafton.
Upon arrival, officers allegedly located significant quantities of precursor chemicals and equipment used to manufacture prohibited drugs.
Another 1kg of marijuana was allegedly located.
The next day, a 44-year-old Ewingsdale man was served with a Firearm Prohibition Order (FPO) by police from Operation Viking.
They allegedly seized $10,000 in cash, luxury watches and electronic devices for further examination.
A day later, police attended a house on Marana Street at Bilambil Heights.
Police alleged the occupant, a 36-year-old man, is a known member of the Mongols bikie gang and was subject to a FPO.
During the search, officers allegedly located a bar at the rear of the home that contained Mongols paraphernalia, alcohol and an amount of marijuana.
All items were seized and the bar was dismantled.
On Monday, police executed an FPO search at a home on Tringa Ave in Tweed Heads.
Officers allegedly located marijuana, 130g of cocaine, more than $18,000 in cash and numerous electronic devices that have now been seized for analysis.
A 53-year-old man attended Tweed Heads Police Station later that week and was charged with deal with property proceeds of crime, two counts of possess prohibited drug, and supply prohibited drug more than indictable amount.
He will appear at Tweed Heads Local Court next month.
On Tuesday, a 27-year-old man was arrested at a Tweed Heads South home after a loaded rifle and ammunition were allegedly located during an FPO search.
The man was charged with possess unauthorised firearm, possess ammunition without holding licence, and not keep firearm safely.
Following a brief appearance at Tweed Heads Local Court, he was refused bail to reappear on September 9.
That same day, two hydroponic labs for growing marijuana – along with 2.5kg of the drug dried and packaged – were allegedly discovered during a search of a home in Carrara.
A man, 55, was charged with producing dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs and possess things used in connection with part 2 drug offence. He will appear at Southport Magistrates Court on August 24.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Weinstein said the northern border zone has the largest outlaw motorcycle gang population with a significant crossover between NSW and Queensland.
“Alongside our law enforcement partners, we have now gathered sufficient intelligence on criminal networks functioning across this area and will be well-equipped to deal with any organised criminal activity moving forward,” he said.
“We know criminal organisations were establishing themselves across the north coast because of its lucrative drug market and a perceived idea the area is relatively free of scrutiny from law enforcement.”
Queensland Police Service Assistant Commissioner Katherine Innes said Operation Viking had significantly disrupted the syndicates in the region.