Australia - TWO Renegades outlaw motorcycle gang members were arrested over drugs and weapons charges after police raids on half a dozen Brisbane residences this morning.
The bikies were charged with 10 offences after raids led by the State Crime Operations Command's dedicated OMG unit, Task Force Hydra, netted weapons including a handgun, a stun gun, a hinged knife and ammunition.
Police declined to reveal details of drugs seized but referred to "further inquiries being made in relation to other items located during the searches".
Organised Crime Group Detective Superintendent Garry Watts said: "We will continue this proactive enforcement action and are committed to ensuring the safety of the Queensland community."
"This is not something we will shy away from and will take any necessary action."
The Renegades, who have kept a low profile in recent years, have a traditional stronghold in North Queensland where they claim to have been the first outlaw motorcycle club.
The club's Queensland website refers to a chapter on Brisbane's southside being formed in 1998 as the state's "mother chapter".
The year before, a violent takeover by the Rebels of the Renegades' two-decade old Townsville chapter saw the latter club's self-appointed president allegedly bashed, bound and gagged, set loose on a remote dirt track and then shot at.
Around the same time, the club was also embroiled in a dispute with the rival Gypsy Jokers in Cairns which led to a drive-by shooting.
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