Police outline case against Finks

ALLEGATIONS of a world of nightclubs, drug trafficking, weapons, extortion, violence and rape over two decades are outlined in a police application to have the Finks Motorcycle Club's Gold Coast Chapter declared a criminal organisation.

Thousands of pages, filling two boxes, detail men allegedly seen sporting Finks colours - including slogans, 1% symbols, Bung cartoon character from the Wizard of Id or tattoos such as "Terror Team" - across Queensland's south-east.

Every time police spotted alleged Gold Coast Finks members visiting Warwick, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay or Bundaberg, dating back to the 1990s, they recorded it.

The documents talk of men using children's etch-a-sketch magic drawing boards or whiteboards to communicate with each other so police bugs in their homes could not detect their illegal activities.

Covert officers detail sitting around watching Sopranos with the outlaw motorcycle gang members where tales of rape and violence unfold on a regular basis.

Transcripts from bugged houses reveal conversations about using household paint and gap filler to fix bullet holes in cars.

The documents name the sergeant at arms, the treasurer, secretary, members, probationary and nominee members.

Police allege the organisation has a set of rules which govern behaviour, sanctions for non-attendance at motorcycle rallies, club meetings, and confidentiality, expectations of new members and office-bearers and use of club tattoos.

"All members must own and ride a British or American-manufactured motorcycle with a four-stroke engine," the application read.

"Within the organisation is a group identified as the Finks Terror Team whose major function is the extortion of money by a system known as Finks Fines.

"The organisation is an unacceptable risk to the safety, welfare and order of the community."

Another outlaw motorcycle gang hit the headlines on Monday when the Bandidos clubhouse at Woolloongabba and a tattoo parlour at Milton were sprayed with bullets between 4am and 4.30am.

State Crime Operations Command Detective Inspector Garry Watts said police found a car engulfed in flames at Mt Coot-tha soon after and were now investigating whether all three incidents were linked.

The Taskforce Hydra officer in charge could not confirm whether the attacks came from a rival gang but a new taskforce, Operation Kilo Cajun, would look into it.

"These sorts of acts in public places will not be tolerated by the Queensland Police Service," he said.



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