Police from Queensland and New South Wales have today joined forces in targeting the Lone Wolf Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.
More than 200 officers conducted searches on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney and Northern New South Wales as part of investigations targeting members and associates of the Lone Wolf Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.
The searches are linked to the investigation into the murders of Shane Ross and Cameron Martin at Tallebudgera and a separate kidnapping and torture investigation which occurred in Ipswich last year.
Shane Ross and Cameron Martin were killed in an execution-style murder on 18 October 2019. Investigations undertaken have linked a white BMW X5 bearing cloned plates 498YRF to this crime and police are seeking assistance in locating the vehicle. Police searches this morning concentrated on the Palmvale area in Northern New South Wales where this vehicle has been linked to.
n October 25, 2019, five people entered a business premises by force in Raceview at Ipswich. The five offenders, who disguised their identity, kidnapped a 55-year-old man and 40-year-old woman taken them by force. It is alleged they then viciously assaulted the man, causing significant injuries before dumping the two victims in bushland at Ripley. Police became aware of the incident when a distressed woman with zip ties on her wrists and duct tape on her face attended a rural house seeking help for her husband who was seriously injured.
Police today searched houses and storage sheds in Queensland and New South Wales. Seized in the searches were phones, clothing, two firearms and a large quantity of cash and illicit drugs.
The significant investigations undertaken now link the Lone Wolf Outlaw Motorcycle Club to these crimes. These investigations are ongoing with investigators speaking with a number of people, gathering evidence and examining items seized today.
Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith, South Eastern Police Region Regional Crime Coodinator said police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or have knowledge of the BMW of interest which is believed to be linked to the murder offence.
“Today sees significant enforcement action across two states targeted at persons of interest including members of the Lone Wolf OMCG linked to the murders of Shane Ross and Cameron Martin.
“The bringing of resources from State Crime Command – Organised Crime Gangs Group and NSW Police’s Strike Force Raptor together with Detectives from the Gold Coast District and the Homicide Squad demonstrates the progress made over the last five months towards solving these vicious crimes.
“To this end public information has been, and will continue to be, critical to solving the matter and bringing closure the families. Make no mistake these groups are crime gangs and we will leave no stone unturned to bring those response to justice,” he said.
Detective Superintendent Roger Lowe, Taskforce Maxima Commander said: “The operations today are a significant step toward solving two violent crimes linked to OMCG. These crimes remind us of the violence these gangs are capable of, often linked to their involvement in drug trafficking. We will continue to work hard to protect the community from this type of violence by dismantling these organised crime gangs.”