Bandidos member to front court after police raids
A FORMER Warwick supporter of the Bandidos bikie gang is among 28 people arrested in police raids across south-east Queensland on the outlaw motorcycle club this week.
Duncan Lee Rattenbury, 24, was one of several who appeared yesterday in the Brisbane Magistrates Court, along with a co-accused who is the club's national sergeant-at-arms.
Rattenbury, now listed as a resident of Loganlea, has been charged with grievous bodily harm and unauthorised possession of small arms ammunition.
The assault charge is in relation to a Loganlea incident in October, with Rattenbury yesterday released on bail with a condition that he stay away from the alleged victim, a Gionvanni De Bella.
A heavily tattooed Rattenbury smiled and flicked a thumbs up to a friend in the court gallery before being led back into the watchhouse before his release.
His lawyer Andrew McGinness said police had little evidence implicating Rattenbury or his co-accused, sergeant-at-arms Christopher Daniel Barrett, in the attack on Mr De Bella.
Rattenbury and Barrett are due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court again on January 7.
The police raids this week targeted Bandidos members and supporters based in Ipswich, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and elsewhere and resulted in 28 people being charged with a total of 151 serious offences.
The charges include multiple counts of drug trafficking and production.
Metro North regional crime co-ordinator Acting Detective Superintendent Tony Duncan said there were also a number of addresses where amounts of money and also drugs were seized.
As a result of the raids police seized MDMA, cannabis and methylamphetamine.
Det Supt Duncan said the amount of drugs seized was still being assessed.
"It's significant in that it identified six of the members of the Brisbane chapter of the Bandidos and those members were all charged," he said.
"Anything that can disrupt organised crime is always pleasing and strategies that can be put in place to disrupt the distribution of drugs."
The crackdown on the bikie gang targeted the individual residences of members and supporters as opposed to Bandidos clubhouses.
Also appearing in court yesterday was 23-year-old Taleigha Michelle McDonald, who held her head in her hands and rubbed her tired eyes as the judge deliberated her bail conditions.
McDonald, an alleged Bandidos associate - a level below that of a full club member - is charged with being in possession of cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA in Brisbane on Tuesday.
Police allege she was also found with clip-seal bags, a syringe, four glass pipes and two scales.
McDonald and another co-accused, Christopher John Gray, were released on bail along with Rattenbury and Barnett.
Gray is charged with several drug possession offences.
Rocklea father-of-one Luke James Dyer, 27, also appeared, charged with drug trafficking and possession.
Police prosecutor Paul Hodge opposed Dyer's bail application arguing Dyer had a history of similar drug supply offences and was a risk of not reappearing.
Dyer was granted bail on the condition he reside in Archerfield and report to police.
He and the other alleged offenders were also ordered to re-appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on January 7.