Finks caught up in mass drug arrests
Greg Stolz & Jeremy Pierce | 29 November, 2011 | The Courier Mail
Two Gold Coast bikie brothers were among more than 30 people arrested after a major police probe into drugs and prostitution.
Finks bikie gang members Kris and Dion Spizzirri were arrested yesterday as part of raids across the state’s southeast.
Another man is also under investigation after an ABC journalist was allegedly assaulted and her car keys stolen.
Yesterday’s arrests ended in a nine-month investigation involving hundreds of police, including officers from Taskforce Hydra and the Prostitution Enforcement Task Force.
The investigation, codenamed Operation Ice Vulcan, targeted the alleged trafficking of GHB, also known as “fantasy”, and methyl-amphetamine or “ice”.
The operation came to a dramatic conclusion yesterday when more than 115 police swooped on 30 properties across the Gold Coast, Logan, Ipswich and southern Brisbane.
Residents reported hearing shots during the raids but senior police denied weapons were discharged.
By late yesterday, 34 people – most with links to the Finks motorcycle gang – had been charged with more than 200 offences. Five women were among those arrested.
Police said they seized a stun gun, 66 litres of precursor chemicals used to make drugs, motorbikes and cars.
Taskforce Hydra boss Detective Inspector Garry Watts said the operation showed police were gaining a stranglehold in the war against drugs.
Spizzirri family lawyer Bill Potts confirmed Kris and Dion had been charged with trafficking and supply.
“The charges are clearly concerning and at the moment we are seeking information from the police as to exactly what they are alleging,” he said. “It’s our intention to apply for bail in the morning (today).”
Most of the people arrested yesterday will face court across southeast Queensland today.