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Arrests made as police target Hells Angels in south-east

SAPOL

South Australian Police have just issued a statement following the arrests of severalHell’s Angels in Mt Gambier and across the region, saying their bahaviour is unacceptable and warning members of the community to stay away from becoming involved in such activities. Two Millicent men were among those arrested.

A police statement released a short time ago:-

Police have seized drugs and firearms and made a number of arrests following a significant operation targeting the Hells Angels in the state’s south-east

Over the past two days police from the Serious and Organised Crime Branch, assisted by officers from Mt Gambier and the Australian Federal Police’s National Anti-Gangs Squad, have searched 24 addresses in Mt Gambier and across the region.

Police seized significant quantities of Methamphetamine, Cocaine and cannabis along with four firearms (a shotgun, two rifles and a replica handgun) and number of other weapons.

Arrested were:

*             A 39-year-old man who is a member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. He has been charged with blackmail, two counts of trafficking a controlled drug and perverting the course of justice. He is expected to appear in the Mt Gambier Magistrates Court later today.

*             A 69-year-old Mt Gambier man who has been charged with two counts of trafficking a controlled drug and firearms offences. He is due to appear in court on 20 January.

*             A 19-year-old Mt Gambier man who has been charged with trafficking a controlled drug and unlawful possession. He is due to appear in court on 27 January.

*             A 53-year-old Millicent man, charged with producing cannabis and possessing prescribed equipment, who is due to appear in court on 28 January.

*             A 33-year-old Millicent man, charged with hindering police, who is due to appear in court on 28 January.

Police investigations continue into the matter, with additional arrests expected in relation to both drug and firearms offences.

Chief Inspector Kym Hand, from the Serious and Organised Crime Branch, said this investigation had shown again that bikies are involved in serious and organised crime and have total and utter disregard for the law or safety of innocent people.

“We know that OMCG members have clear links with blackmail, drugs and violence,” he said.

“They intimidate or cajole businesses into assisting or supporting them, which then leads to those businesses becoming beholden to them.

“The reality is, these people are criminals and they live their lives to engage in violence, in drug distribution and drug manufacture. They have a total disregard for the law.

“We would urge the local community to stay away from becoming involved with these groups who will readily commit acts of violence without any regard to members of the community who may be around them.

“Their behaviour and criminal activity is totally unacceptable. Our message is simple: we will continue to watch and investigate you and shut down your criminal activities.

“And to anyone considering becoming an associate or member of an outlaw motorcycle or street gang, take a good look at this incident – this is not something you want to get involved in – walk away now – or you risk a life of violence and continual police attention.”

Provided by SAPOL

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