Gold Coast bikie allegedly caught with loaded gun, gloves and tape in Mermaid Beach

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POLICE are investigating whether a Nomads bikie allegedly caught with a loaded handgun down his pants at Mermaid Beach was on his way to settle a score.

They said the 25-year-old Sunshine Coast man was also carrying a bag containing gloves and tape when an eagle-eyed officer saw he was wearing bikie colours and stopped him as he left the carpark of an apartment complex on Seashell Ave, about 1.30am.

The plainclothes and uniformed officers had been called to a unit at the Splendido Apartments after receiving reports that a woman had been heard screaming.

Police will allege they found a fully loaded .44 magnum Ruger Redhawk revolver down the man’s pants.

Police say they uncovered this shirt when they went to a Mermaid Beach address. Photo: QPS

The bullets in the gun had been converted into “dum-dums” so they would expand and fragment to cause maximum damage on striking their target.

The gun had been stolen during the burglary of a Townsville home in 1998.

The man appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, receiving tainted property and failing to appear in court.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Michael Campbell told the court the man, from Sippy Downs, was a member of an outlaw motorcycle gang.

Lawyer Ashkan Tai of Karsas Tai Lawyers, said his client would apply for bail when the matter returned to court on July 29.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to the two charges of failing to appear.

He was sentenced to two months imprisonment, wholly suspended, in relation to those charges.

Taskforce Maxima commander Detective Superintendent Michael Niland said it was concerning to see a bike gang member on the streets with a loaded gun.

He said it was unlikely the man’s presence indicated a spate of bikies travelling to the Gold Coast from interstate.

“That’s the nature of criminal gangs – there is always movement,” he said.

“They’re national organisations.

“What we are seeing is more bikies changing gangs and we’re monitoring that.

“The police officers who saw that offender did a great job and we want people to know if we see people wearing OMCG (clothing) we will be confront them.”

The man will remain behind bars until his next court appearance.

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