Alleged bikie extradited to Queensland on kidnap charges

A 35-year-old South Australian man will be brought to Queensland on charges of kidnapping for ransom, extortion and assault charges, all relating to a 2013 incident on the Gold Coast.

A second man, 37, who police allege is the former president of the Lone Wolves Criminal Gang, also faces charges of kidnapping with ransom.

Police believe the pair was involved with a 24-year-old man being allegedly held against his will, attacked then threatened with more violence if money was not paid.

A relative of the 24-year-old was allegedly told to pay the cash to have the young man set free.

Detectives inside Queensland's anti-bikie team Taskforce Maxima have led the investigation.

Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said it appeared to be "another clear example of the criminal behaviour of gang members".

"They prey on the victim's weaknesses and then use threats and intimidation to make victims both comply with their demands, and also discourage them from complaining to authority.

"In this matter, police will allege the victim's mother was required to raise the money and deliver it in the middle of the night.

"They were both extremely fearful about what would happen had she not paid the money."

The 35-year-old man will face the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

The 37-year-old man will face the Southport Magistrates Court on June 4.
Investigations are ongoing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.

Topics:  extortion

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