ACCUSED: Gavin John Westwood was charged with armed robbery, deprivation of liberty and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
ACCUSED: Gavin John Westwood was charged with armed robbery, deprivation of liberty and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Man caught in bikie sting charged over Bundy armed robbery

ONE of two men accused of robbing a Bundaberg man who had gone to meet a woman he met on Facebook was an unexpected arrest during a major police operation across the Fraser Coast.

Guns and drugs were seized, and 20 people arrested, in a major police operation targeting bikie-linked crime in Hervey Bay and Maryborough last week.

Operation Romeo Doctrine was a tactical police operation carried out by detectives from Taskforce Maxima and the Maryborough Patrol Group.

Targeting various Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, police executed 11 search warrants in Maryborough and Hervey Bay on July 17 and 18.

Between them, the 20 people arrested face 46 charges including possession of dangerous drugs amphetamine, ice and cannabis.

Two firearms including a shotgun and a rifle were also allegedly seized.

During the raids, a 33-year-old Hervey Bay man was found at one on the properties and arrested on a return to prison warrant and charged with possession of dangerous drugs.

He was further charged by Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch detectives with armed robbery, deprivation of liberty and unlawful use of a motor vehicle relating to an incident in Bundaberg on July 10, 2019.

Bundaberg police confirmed he was charged in relation to an incident that allegedly saw a 28-year-old Avoca man lured to a home in Norville by a woman he'd been chatting to online, before he was allegedly threatened with a gun and robbed by two armed men.

Gavin John Westwood appeared in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court last week and was remanded in custody to reappear in the same court on September 5, 2019.

The remaining alleged offenders, arrested throughout the operation, were served with Notices to Appear in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court in the coming weeks.

Detective Inspector Alisa La Pila from the Organised Crime Gangs Group said the results demonstrated the commitment by State Crime Command to work in partnership with districts across Queensland to target serious and organised crime gangs and disrupt their illegal activities.



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