VIDEO: Australian police seize drug raid worth $20m

A POLICE operation involving five different agencies, including one from the United Kingdom, has led to the arrest of six men, including four members of the Rebels Motorcycle Club, on charges relating to allegedly importing 8kg of amphetamine.

Australian intelligence suggested a drug syndicate would attempt to bring in the kilograms of narcotics.

Tasmania Police intercepted two packages from the United Kingdom weighing a total of 4kg, with Queensland Police discovering similar parcels carrying a further 4kg.

On Monday, the National Anti-Gangs Squad went into action, using Queensland search warrants and backed up by the Queensland Police Task Force Maxima and Australian Crime Commission.

Police arrested a 27-year-old Tasmanian man living in Queensland, alleged to be a member of the Rebels OMCG and another man in Queensland.

The searches also led to the arrest of three men in Tasmania including a 26-year-old member of the Rebels OMCG.

The Queensland men were expected to front Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile in the UK, officers from West Mercia Police Serious and Organised Crime Unit arrested a 27-year-old man from Kidderminster in Liverpool.

He was questioned and has since been released on police bail pending further inquires.

Taskforce Maxima Commander Superintendent Mick Niland from Queensland reinforced the need for law enforcement to work together.

"The collaboration of national law enforcement agencies was instrumental in the success of this operation - it is through a united and committed approach criminal gangs such as the Rebels will be dismantled," he said.

Tasmania Police Assistant Commissioner Donna Adams said the investigation, arrests and seizures marked a victory of authorities against drug dealers.

The investigation was also drived by the Eligo National Taskforce, led by the Australian Crime Commissioner and backed by the Australian Federal Police, customs and state police.



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