Three nabbed over bikie extortion ring

Police expect to lay more charges over a violent bikie extortion and drug racket on the Gold Coast.

 

Three men linked to the Hells Angels outlaw bikie gang were arrested in simultaneous dawn raids at Varsity Lakes early on Monday.

It's alleged one of their victims was bashed in an attempt to recover a debt.

The trio's also accused of using threats of violence against others who owed them money, with some victims forced to hand over their cars.

Police say the men were also involved in the supply of the drug ice.

Two patched Hells Angels members and another man with links to the gang were arrested in Monday's raids.

"Investigations are continuing surrounding allegations of additional victims who were also assaulted and extorted by the accused," police said.

"Investigators are confident there are others and urge for them to come forward."

The men, aged 23 to 30, are due to face the Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged with extortion, supplying dangerous drugs, assault, and being a participant in criminal organisation knowingly present in public place.

Detective Superintendent Niland, who heads the anti-bikie Taskforce Maxima, said the arrests were proof of the sinister nature of outlaw motorcycle gangs.

"They work together to standover and bully people as a group. The actions of these gang members are why the new laws are necessary," he said of the Newman government's controversial anti-bikie laws.

"For too long these gangs have used their networks and gang membership to facilitate crime, using threats and intimidation to make victims both comply with their demands, but also to discourage them from complaining to authority."

He said the new laws had given victims the confidence to come forward.

"They are making complaints, they are providing information, and I suspect we will see a lot more of it."

Investigations are continuing with further arrests linked to the Hells Angels Gold Coast chapter expected.

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