Police in Brisbane say they have shut down a bikie gang 'extortion ring' accused of targeting young, buff men in inner-city gyms.
Police have arrested seven alleged members of the Bandidos, including two chapter presidents, two sergeants-at-arms and rank-and-file members in West End and the city centre.
They are facing charges including extortion, assault occasioning bodily harm in company and assault.
Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said the "thugs and bullies" had sought out young well-built men in inner-city gyms who looked like they were taking steroids.
"Then they'll say 'alright, you owe us $5000, if you don't pay us, we're going to bash you'," he told reporters.
He said the gang was also allegedly contracted by a building company to collect a debt from a Fortitude Valley business owner.
Det Insp Smith said the alleged bikies had gone through with their violent threats, with one victim having his eye socket fractured.
"It's ridiculous - people should be able to go about their business any day of the week without fear of gangs interrupting their lives or threatening violence," he said.
Police alleged the gang extorted up to $24,000 in cash and jewellery and property worth $25,000.
"It's not small change, these people are being picked on because they look like an easy mark," Det Insp Smith said.
Seven people have been arrested and charged, and Det Insp Smith expects at least another five people to be arrested on Sunday.
The first alleged Bandidos members are due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.