A national police operation across five states and one territory has seen 24 people charged with dozens of offences over their alleged involvement in the Hells Angels bikie gang.
The broad operation – which involved eight law enforcement agencies – saw firearms, ammunition, cash and drugs seized as well as intelligence on the operations of the gang.
Codenamed National Task Force Morpheus, a staggering 30 litres of the drug GHB was seized.
Police also uncovered one clandestine drug lab and a hydroponic setup allegedly used in the cultivation of drugs.
Detective Superintendent Tony Longhorn, WA Police Force’s representative on National Task Force Morpheus, said a nationwide response was needed to combat the gang.
“Outlaw motorcycle gangs use their networks of chapters across the country, and across the world, to facilitate a range of criminal activities including the activities linked to the illicit drug and firearm trades,” Detective Superintendent Longhorn said.
“By working together across national and international borders we gather important intelligence to assist with targeted disruption activities and build our intelligence holdings to support current and future investigations.
“The Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang in particular has a long history of violence and intimidation and have strong links to other serious and organised crime groups, not just in Australia but across the world through their overseas chapters.”
Australian Federal Police National Anti-Gangs Squad Detective Acting Superintendent Jason McArthur said outlaw motorcycle gangs are violent, well-organised criminal networks that have zero respect for the law.
“They are not families or a ‘brotherhood’. The Hells Angels – like every other bikie gang – is trying to recruit new members and associates only to facilitate its criminal ventures and make money,” he said.
“Outlaw motorcycle gangs’ operations are not restricted by state or international borders, which is why the AFP established the National Anti-Gangs Squad with state and territory police, the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, to work with all of our partners in a coordinated approach to fight gang-related crime.”