Officers from the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Queensland Police Service yesterday detained a senior member of a high profile outlaw motor cycle gang (OMCG) at Beenleigh near the Gold Coast.
The man, who is a New Zealand citizen, had his visa cancelled under s501 of the Migration Act and will remain in detention until his removal from Australia, which will be facilitated as soon as possible.
Commander ABF Investigations, Graeme Grosse, said the ABF is committed to protecting the Australian community from those involved in serious criminal activity.
“The ABF maintains a strong focus on disrupting the activities of outlaw motorcycle gangs, by identifying, targeting and cancelling the visas of their members,” Commander Grosse said.
“There are provisions under the Migration Act that allow us to cancel the visas of foreign nationals where they pose a risk to the Australian community or where they fail the character test through their involvement in criminal activity, including as part of OMCGs.”
“Any non-citizen with an extensive criminal history and involvement with a criminal organisation, such as an OMCG, can expect to have their Australian visa cancelled and to be removed from Australia.”
“Once again, this result highlights the excellent working relationship we continue to enjoy with Queensland Police, whose assistance in this matter was invaluable,” Commander Grosse said.
Detective Superintendent Roger Lowe, Operations Commander of the Queensland Police Service’s Organised Crime Gangs Group said, “Through the National Taskforce Morpheus, the Queensland Police Service works closely with partner agencies to focus on Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs who pose a risk to our community. Within these arrangements the Organised Crime Gangs Group works together with Australian Border Force and Australian Gangs Intelligence Coordination Centre to use the full range of capabilities to target the highest OMCG risks to the Queensland public, including employing strategies of disruption.”
Since December 2014, almost 30 visa cancellations or refusals have been made of OMCG or organised crime members based in Queensland. Nationally, this figure sits at 191.