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Large numbers of police will shadow the club's "Good As Gold Poker Run" south of Brisbane tomorrow, vowing to crack down on "blatant life-endangering offences" such as speeding and running red lights en masse.

Friday, 1 March 2013

But leading civil libertarian Terry O'Gorman, who along with three lawyer colleagues is engaged by the bikies to act as observers, said the club would complain to the corruption watchdog if police used "mass intercepts" that held up riders for hours.

The Hells Angels, setting off from their Hillcrest clubhouse at 12.30pm and heading south, will lead a procession of up to 250 riders, most of them not members of an outlaw motorcycle club that has been accused of providing a worldwide network for organised crime.

Acting Detective Superintendent Garry Watts of Task Force Hydra said the size of the Hells Angels' run made it potentially "more dangerous" than other bikie runs.

"Unfortunately past events have seen blatant life endangering offences committed; such offences included the mass running of red lights, crossing double white lines, and riding at excess speed," he said.

"The participants of the run have also at times conducted their own traffic control at intersections. This places all road users at risk."

Police, who warned of traffic disruptions and urged caution from both participants and motorists who crossed their path, released footage of a previous run showing those offences.

Hells Angels arrive on Gold Coast

EN MASSE: Hells Angels bikies arrive on the Gold Coast as part of their national run. FILE PICTURE

Mr O'Gorman said he understood the footage was from five years ago and that the Hells Angels and police including Hydra had since worked together to manage the event.

As an observer last year, he said "the only thing I can recall was one bloke charged with speeding because he overtook an unmarked police car".

"As of tomorrow, we'll make it clear that anyone who breaches the traffic laws as part of the run gets pinched just as anyone else does in any other scenario," he said.

Mr O'Gorman said he and Hells Angels Brisbane President Mark Nelms had a "productive" meeting on Wednesday with police, who agreed to facilitate the riders' entry to the Ipswich motorway from near their clubhouse "to minimise any potential traffic dangers".

But the club had previously written to police to advise they would complain to the Crime and Misconduct Commission "if police powers are misused for the sake of just causing a go-slow".

He said the Hells Angels engaged his firm last year after other outlaw clubs reported that mass intercepts of similar rides had held up riders for an "unreasonable" two hours.

"There is a concern emerging in a number of the (outlaw) clubs that these sort of rides are being stopped en masse while everyone is breath-tested, drug-tested, bike-tested and we've indicated in a letter sent to police that we regard that sort of mass intercept without any factual justification as a breach of law," Mr O'Gorman said.

"It's to be hoped that both sides hearing out each other at the meeting, can work together tomorrow."

Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Morrow of State Traffic said police were focussed on enforcing road rules "impartially and fairly".

"Clubs want to bring lawyers with them, that's entirely a matter for them - irrelevant to us, we will be focussing on the road safety issues at hand," he said.

The Hells Angels have also engaged St John Ambulance for the event, an organiser said.

Seven members of the Hells Angels gang have been sentenced following a brawl in a pub in the canton of Aargau.

They were convicted of assault and damage to property for the 2011 fight in Baden. 

The guilty were handed fines of up to 3,300 francs.

Eight people were wounded in the fight.

Finks Outlaw Motorcycle Gang member gun found in bikie's vehicle

Monday, 17 September 2012

 police found a stun device inside the vehicle of an outlaw motorcycle club member during a routine vehicle stop.   The Mistubishi Pajero was pulled over by officers attached to the dog squad on the Pacific Highway on Friday about 9.35pm. Police said the four-wheel-drive contained two men, a 22-year-old male Finks Outlaw Motorcycle Gang member and a 25-year-old man, also alleged to be associated with an OMCG. A subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly uncovered an electronic stun device disguised as a 'mobile phone'. The device was seized for forensic analysis.

Two bikie gang members shot in Sydney last night are refusing to cooperate with police.

Locals heard several shots ring out on Priddle Street in Westmead just before 11:00pm. Soon afterwards two men turned up separately to Westmead Hospital, both with gunshot wounds. Police went there to speak with the men and established a crime scene on the street, which is only a few hundred metres from the hospital. Officers with torches searched overnight for bullet casings and examined the front door and brick wall of a unit block. Police say the men, both aged in their 20s, are associates of rival bikie gangs. One of the men has been discharged from hospital, while the other is still being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

AUSTRALIA'S home-grown "outlaw" bikie gangs are aggressively expanding overseas

Monday, 10 September 2012

AUSTRALIA'S home-grown "outlaw" bikie gangs are aggressively expanding overseas, establishing networks beyond the jurisdiction of national crime fighting authorities. Warning: contains violence Bikie crackdown The Rebels, Australia's largest club, founded by millionaire businessman Alex Vella, and the Comanchero Motorcycle Club are opening chapters in South East Asia and Europe. The Rebels now boast chapters in New Zealand, Malta, Thailand, England and Spain, while rival gang the Comancheros are in Bosnia and Spain. Australian office bearers belonging to international club the Bandidos are also branching into Bali and Thailand. The Hells Angels are also active in South East Asia.

Two people have died after a Harley Davidson tricycle crashed in the Highlands.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Two dead in Harley trike crash

Crash siteThe driver and pillion passenger on the Harley Davidson both died

The one-vehicle collision took place on the A9 Inverness-Perth road near Tomatin, at about 17:20 on Saturday.

The victims of the crash were the driver and pillion passenger of the motor tricycle.

Northern Constabulary said they want to speak to the occupants of a number of vehicles which stopped at the scene but had left before officers arrived.

Bike gang allegedly swats man with bat

Friday, 3 August 2012

A man was taken to the hospital after he reportedly was hit in the head with a baseball bat, according to a Des Moines police report. The man told police a biker gang was responsible for the attack. When police arrived at the 4100 block of Maple Street, Ronnie McDonald was about to be taken to Mercy Medical Center with an “obvious injury to his head,” according to the report. Police spoke to a woman who reported the incident. She told police McDonald was riding in a car that pulled into the parking lot, according to the report. McDonald talked for a short time with the driver while standing in the lot. As McDonald walked toward a nearby apartment, he stumbled. The woman asked if he was OK, and McDonald responded with a no, took off his hat and showed her his head wound. McDonald told the woman the man in the car had done it. McDonald did not cooperate with medical personnel or police, according to the report, but did tell police “it was gang related.” His condition was listed as stable on the report. The woman who reported the incident, who police said later “changed her story,” told police both McDonald and his girlfriend know who assaulted McDonald. However, they said they wouldn’t tell police because the suspect knows where they live and the couple have two kids, according to the report.

Three men faced explosives and other weapons charges Wednesday in what German police say is a spreading war between Scandinavian biker gangs.

A Swede, a Macedonian and an Iranian were arrested in the northern German city of Rostock shortly after they got off a ferry from Denmark, The Local.de reported. Police said nearly a kilo of explosives, detonators and bullet-proof vests were found in their vehicle.

The arrests, which occurred last month, were announced Wednesday. Two of the men are alleged to be members of the Bandidos, who have been battling the Hells Angels for territory.

German police have been cracking down on motorcycle gangs, closing clubs, raiding gang addresses and banning the Berlin City chapter of the Hells Angels. The ban has caused some gang members to switch allegiances, including the head of the Berlin chapter of the Bandidos.

Violence between the groups has escalated in recent months. The Hells Angels have declared no other gangs will be allowed in Berlin. The leader of the Hells Angels was shot in early June and last month two Bandidos were shot.



Comancheros bikie gang has been charged after the seizure of more than half a million dollars in cash

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

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CASHED UP: A man is in custody after police found more than $500,000 in his car during a search last night in Noranda. Source:PerthNow
AN associate of the Comancheros bikie gang has been charged after the seizure of more than half a million dollars in cash found during a routine traffic stop in Perth's northern suburbs last night.
Police say the seizure is a massive blow to the Perth chapter of the bikie gang.
It will be alleged the money was found in a bag in the boot of a car pulled over by police on Bramwell Road in Noranda last night.
At the wheel of the car was a 52-year-old man who police say is an associate of the Comancheros bikie gang.
A subsequent search of the man’s Burns Beach home also allegedly uncovered a loaded 9mm semi automatic pistol and ammunition.
The man will appear in court on August 16 charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of unlawfully obtained money.
Detective Senior Sergeant Jeff Christmass of the Gang Crime Squad said the seizure was a massive win for police and the community, but a big blow to the bikie gang.
He said police believed the money was obtained through the sale of drugs by members of the Comancheros, adding it was a "major disruption" to the gang's criminal activities.
“This just puts credence into the intelligence that we receive all the time about outlaw motorcycle gangs that they are involved in organised crime,” Det-Sen-Sgt Christmass said.
“It goes to show you the scale that they are working at.
“The impact on this particular gang would be severe, I can tell you this is a huge dent in their operation and (it) will take quite some time to recover from this.”
Det-Sen-Sgt Christmass said while the cash seizure was significant in its amount, it was not a WA record.
“Its obviously a substantial amount of cash…it goes without saying it’s a big win for WA Police to take this money out of the system,” he said.
“If you intend on becoming involved in criminal activity it doesn’t matter what level, WA Police will do everything we can to target you and bring you to justice.”
Langford traffic stop, drug bust
South East Metropolitan Traffic Officers apprehended and charged a 20-year-old man of Thornlie overnight when he failed to stop for them on Ruby Avenue in Langford.
At around 8.40pm, the man was riding a Yamaha motorcycle, which allegedly accelerated heavily away from police. 
As the rider turned into Nicholson Road, he lost control of his bike and hit traffic islands and a stationery vehicle before coming to rest.  The rider then allegedly fled into nearby bushland.
He was pursued and located a short time later with the help of Police Dog Squad. 
A personal search located a quantity of methylamphetamine.
The man has been charged with fail to stop, reckless driving, no authority to drive and possess methylamphetamine with intent to sell/supply.  He will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today.
His motorcycle was also seized. 

Police raid Hells Angels HQ Ball bearing Hells Angel Founder arrested

 Ball bearing Hells Angel Founder arrestedPolice seize drugs and firearms at the Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle gang's headquarters in Melbourne's east
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DEA agents pretending to be members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club

Saturday, 28 July 2012

The Drug Enforcement Administration's nationwide "synthetic drug takedown" led to the arrest of five Valley men this week. 

Two of the men were uncovered by DEA sources, two were busted by DEA agents pretending to be members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, and the fifth man was caught because NBC's Chris Hansen had already caught him before.

Seventeen search warrants were reportedly served in Arizona, but the U.S. Attorney's Office says just five people in the Phoenix area have been arrested -- all for manufacturing and selling the chemicals known as "bath salts."

According to federal court documents, the five men were not dealing in chemicals that are explicitly illegal, but the feds are going after them with the Federal Analog Act, since the chemicals are "substantially similar" to drugs that are actually illegal.

Even an affidavit submitted by a Phoenix DEA agent in the case explains that at least two of the five men "...discussed, in substance and among other things, the fact that their distribution of the various products is purportedly legal, that they do not allegedly ship or send such products to states where they believe their products to be illegal, and that they have purported to have received legal counsel and advice indicating that their activities are legal."

Too bad. Clinton Strunk, 42, of Mesa; Michael Lane, 51, of Cave Creek; Andrew Freeman, 25, of Tempe; Nicholas Zizzo, 25, of Phoenix; and Joshua Lowenstein, 25, of Phoenix could each spend years behind bars.

According to the DEA agent's affidavit, the agency started investigating an unidentified person for drug trafficking through a New Hampshire port at some point in 2011.

The two DEA agents posing as Hells Angels gangsters had numerous meetings with this person, who eventually revealed he was a partner in a Phoenix bath salts operation with Zizzo, manufacturing a product called "Eight Ballz."

This story was confirmed by another person, according to the affidavit, and both of the unnamed partners agreed to go into business with the fake Angels, under the guise that they were going to help sell it under the Angels' protection at New Hampshire's Loconia Motorcycle Week -- which just happened last month.

Arizona Corporation Commission documents list only Zizzo and an accountant on filing documents for the company, Consortium Distribution LLC.

The investigation then shifted to Phoenix, where the DEA agents -- still going along with the Hells Angels plot -- were introduced to Zizzo and Lowenstein.

According to the feds, Lowenstein agreed to ship 20 kilograms to New Hampshire for the biker rally.

Again, the DEA agent's affidavit says Lowenstein believed they were "utilizing chemicals or substances that weren't scheduled or analogues." In other words, he believed what he was doing was legal.

The affidavit also says Lowenstein was describing the effects of the chemicals on the human mind, so the DEA makes it sound like that throws the "not for human consumption" argument out the window.

When the agents met up with Zizzo, he said essentially the same things.

"[E]veryone who works for me, every day they show up to work they put themselves on the line, cause any day the government, the DEA, could come in, they could arrest every single one of us, they can drag us out, put us in a cell, and hold us there," the feds quote Zizzo as saying. "God knows we aren't doing a damn thing illegal."

The agents posing as Hells Angels continued to follow Zizzo and Lowenstein around, meeting with them, trying to make deals with them, and watching what they do.

On July 12, they allegedly completed the deal.

The agents negotiated to buy chemicals totaling 133.2 kilograms of chemicals, and sold the recipe for "Eight Ballz Ultra-Premium Glass Cleaner -- for which the "Hells Angels" would have to pay royalties to Zizzo and Lowenstein for their sales.

In another Phoenix-area case, Andrew Freeman had already been busted by NBC's Chris Hansen -- and not on the pedophile-busting show.



Yep, the TV gotcha-guy already got Freeman during an NBC show on bath salts.

The DEA affidavit claims agents saw Freeman and Michael Lane -- who owns a Tempe company called Dynamic Distribution -- drive large boxes from their warehouse and drive it to drop them off at a FedEx location.

The DEA got a search warrant for those boxes, and they were filled with bath salts of a very similar mixture (same active ingredient) to Zizzo and Lowenstein's.

Clinton Strunk, the other man arrested, is accused of being somewhat of a middle-man between manufactures and retailers of bath salts. 

While the DEA's "confidential sources" were carrying audio recorders with them during some of Strunk's deals, he pretty much explained how he operates his business and makes money, as described in the federal court documents.

Strunk was allegedly a buyer of Dynamic Distribution's products.

In the DEA agent's affidavit, he notes yet again that the "DEA has opined" the main chemical in all the bath salts in these arrests, alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone, is an analog of a controlled substance.

The five men, if convicted, face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine, or both. 

Hells Angels associate, another man charged with cocaine trafficking

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

undercover police investigation has led to cocaine trafficking charges against a Hells Angels associate and a Chilliwack man. Kristopher Pfeifer, 31, who police believe was working for the bikers' Haney chapter, and Constantinos Anthony, 48, made their first court appearance July 20 and have been released on conditions. They are due back in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court Sept. 7. Both were first arrested by investigators with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit. CFSEU's probe, dubbed Project E-Nuptial, targeted drug brokers and traffickers with links to the Hells Angels' Haney chapter. "The objective was to disable drug-based trafficking activity in the Lower Mainland and in particular in the Maple Ridge area," Sgt. Bill Whalen said. The investigation dates back to March 2011 when one of the accused was seen exchanging a package with another man in Pitt Meadows. Police arrested the individuals and seized one kilogram of cocaine. "Biker gangs are no different from other organized crime groups that often distance themselves from direct criminal activity by using associates to facilitate their crimes," Whalen said. "Even though these groups use non-members to conduct their criminal business, it's the members of these groups that benefit the most." Both Pfeifer and Anthony have previous history with police. Pfeifer was charged with assault in Whistler in 2007. The case was resolved with a 12-month peace bond. Anthony, who lives in Chilliwack, was charged with trafficking in Vancouver in 2003, along with Sean Doak. Anthony was later acquitted. Doak was convicted of trafficking and is still wanted in the U.S. in a separate drug smuggling case.

Dozens arrested in crackdown on second motorcycle gang

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Forty-one members of the Michigan-based Devils Disciples have been charged with crimes including attempted murder and drug trafficking in this week's second crackdown on a Midwest motorcycle gang, federal prosecutors said on Friday. Agents seized more than 60 firearms, ammunition, and dismantled eight laboratories producing methamphetamine operated by the gang, the Department of Justice said in a statement. Of the 41 gang members indicted by a grand jury in the Eastern District of Michigan, 31 were arrested and five were already in custody, the statement said. Five others were at large. "For years, according to the indictment, the Devils Diciples have spread fear in cities throughout Michigan and around the country," Assistant U.S. Attorney General Breuer said in a statement. On Wednesday, law enforcement agents arrested 42 members of the notorious Outlaws Motorcycle Club in raids across the Midwest. Agents seized their Indianapolis clubhouse along with 2.2 pounds (a kilogram) of cocaine, guns and $15,000 in cash. The Outlaws are rivals of the infamous Hells Angels motorcycle gang. Among the Devils Disciples arrested on charges that included attempted murder, robbery, extortion, and racketeering were the National President Jeff Smith, known as "Fat Dog," and the group's vice president, Paul "Pauli" Darrah. Smith was charged with Darrah and another member of using a metal pipe to assault member Scott "Scotty P" Perkins. Members also administered beatings to rival gangs, the statement said. The Disciples' headquarters are in Clinton Township, Michigan. They have chapters throughout Michigan, Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Devils Diciples Motorcycle gang members indicted

Sunday, 15 July 2012

It would seem that Friday the 13th was not a lucky day for the Devils Diciples Motorcycle gang members as law enforcement agents arrested thirty-one members in Michigan and Alabama, including National President Jeff Garvin Smith and National Vice President Paul Anthony Darrah, five members were previously in custody. More than 60 firearms and more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition were seized, in addition to, the eight methamphetamine manufacturing laboratories that were dismantled during the investigation. Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade for the Eastern District of Michigan and FBI Acting Assistant Director Valerie Parlave, announced today that an indictment was unsealed today charging 41 members and associates for their alleged participation in a variety of criminal offenses. The indictment alleges that the 41 Devils Diciples members and associates, including Smith and Darrah, participated in violent crimes in aid of racketeering, drug trafficking, illegal firearms offenses, obstruction of justice, illegal gambling and other federal offenses. Eighteen of the defendants, including Smith and Darrah, are charged with violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act by conducting their illegal enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity which included murder, robbery, extortion, drug trafficking, obstruction of justice and other federal and state offenses. According to the indictment, the Devils Diciples is a criminal enterprise with its national headquarters in Clinton Township, Mich. The Devils Diciples operates regional chapters located in cities throughout Michigan, Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and elsewhere. The Devils Diciples engage in criminal activities for financial gain, including distribution of narcotics, theft, transportation and sale of stolen motorcycles, conducting illegal gambling businesses, robbery, extortion and acts of violence. An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Each defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Combination picture shows a member of motorcycle club "Hells Angels" as he takes part in the "Crime City Run" in Frankfurt


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A combination picture shows the front (top) and back views of a member of motorcycle club "Hells Angels" as he takes part in the "Crime City Run" as a protest against the ban of Westend and Frankfurt chapters of the Hells Angels motorcycle club in Frankfurt July 14, 2012. About 1,000 motorcyclists took part in the demonstration. 

Man with alleged bikie ties arrested

A man with alleged links to the Hells Angels motorcycle gang has been arrested over a brawl at a Brisbane restaurant. The 37-year-old was arrested and charged with affray on Saturday in relation to the vicious bashing of another man, also believed to have bikie ties, at the Mt Gravatt shopping centre on April 17. Police say the charged man, from Moorooka in Brisbane's south, has links to the Hells Angels and is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday. Two 25-year-old members of the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang were charged with affray in May over the same incident.

Last of Outlaws motorcycle gang surrenders during manhunt

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Last of Outlaws wanted in raid surrenders The last of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club suspects who evaded authorities during a raid Wednesday turned himself at 4 a.m. today, authorities said. Terrell Lamont Adams, 28, was wanted in connection with a plan to sell cocaine as a member of the Indianapolis chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. He made arrangements to turn himself in at the Indianapolis City-County Building this morning, said Tim Horty, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office. "He was influenced by family and friends to turn himself in," Horty said. Fifteen U.S. marshals pursued Adams for nearly 48 hours after the FBI and other law enforcement agencies raided the Outlaws’ clubhouse on East New York Street on Wednesday morning. Forty-one people associated with the gang were arrested on federal charges ranging from mail fraud to money laundering. They likely will have detention hearings next week. -- MIchael Boren Earlier -- U.S. marshals seek Outlaws motorcycle gang member who got away after raid U.S. marshals are still looking for one member of a motorcycle gang after his cohorts were arrested Wednesday. Terrell Lamont Adams, 28, is wanted in connection with a plan to sell cocaine as a member of the Indianapolis chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies raided the Outlaws’ clubhouse on East New York Street on Wednesday morning. Forty-one people associated with the gang were arrested on federal charges ranging from mail fraud to money laundering. They likely will have detention hearings next week, said Tim Horty, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Indianapolis. Adams was the only one who evaded authorities. The law enforcement agencies tried to arrest everyone at dawn in hopes that no one would get away, said Kerry Forestal, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Indiana, which includes Indianapolis. “They were hit simultaneously,” he said, “so before people are out of bed they’re in custody.”

TATTOO parlour linked to Sydney's Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim was approved in error by a council planner because an 11-page objection letter from senior police was attached to the wrong folder.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

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Police objections ... John Ibrahim. Picture: Damian Shaw Source: The Daily Telegraph

A TATTOO parlour linked to Sydney's Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim was approved in error by a council planner because an 11-page objection letter from senior police was attached to the wrong folder.

The application should have been debated at a full council meeting amid fears of an outbreak of bikie warfare but the administrative mistake meant the briefing note was never issued.

Superintendent Sue Waites sent a lengthy objection letter, revealing police intelligence alleged the applicant, Kings Cross Ink owner Mark Alexander-Erber, a business partner of Mr Ibrahim's, was known for bikie affiliations though it was "unclear" at what level.

Mr Alexander-Erber has denied any bikie links.

"Granting late-night trading permits will exacerbate all incidents of anti-social behaviour," Supt Waites said.

"Kings Cross is a well-known spot for OMCG (outlaw motorcycle gang) activity. Drive-by shootings, serious assaults, extortion and drug-related offences have been tied to OMCG members who have links to businesses within Kings Cross.

"Kings Cross police believe the opening of yet another business type which attracts such a criminal element will undoubtedly lead to an increase in crime, a strain on police resources and a heightened sense of fear by residents and community members visiting the area.

"Police were contacted and informed that residents were too afraid to make official comment relating to the opening of this tattoo shop due to fear of reprisals."

Emails reveal senior council staff apologised for the error, describing the incident as "extremely rare and regrettable" and that the planner "accidentally attached the hold tag to the wrong folder cover".

Lord Mayor Clover Moore defended the council's approval in a letter to a local resident, stating: "Criminal and anti-social behaviour is not a planning consideration.

"I share your concerns about the recent reports of violence associated with gangs in Kings Cross. The city is required to assess DAs on planning merit only."

Mr Alexander-Erber said: "Kings Cross Ink stands up to say we are not affiliated, we are not part of organised crime, nor will I ever be.

"I'm sick of this Underbelly talk and rubbish. There are good people running business in the Cross. This is bringing the glitz and glamour from the '50s to the Cross.

"This will change people's perception of tattoo parlours. I urge them to come up and look at what I have created.

"You can't get further away from organised crime. It's a world-class establishment."

Mr Alexander-Erber said Mr Ibrahim was an investor in the business that would "lead the industry in its clean-up".

Mr Ibrahim's lawyer Stephen Alexander did not return calls yesterday.

Fears of violence as Berlin biker war escalates

"We have to assume that, alongside the well-known edged and blunt weapons, firearms and explosives will be used," a memo to all the city's police stations said. “All engaged forces are requested to particularly check vehicles from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland,” it said, according to the BZ newspaper on Monday. A police crackdown on Hells Angels and Bandidos - the biker gangs involved in organized crime across Germany - has thrown the scene into chaos, the paper said. A new "Rocker Task Force" has been set up to make life as difficult for them as possible. "Our line is zero tolerance," state prosecutor Jörg Raupach, who leads the task force, said on Saturday. "Whether it's abuse, driving without a license, drink driving - we will prosecute every crime. No investigation into the bikers - no matter how small - will be given up." The Hells Angels "Berlin City" chapter was banned by state Interior Minister Frank Henkel in May, though that has done little to prevent the increasing violence. Former Hells Angels leader André Sommer was gunned down in June, and several gang members subsequently appeared at the entrance to Berlin's Charité hospital to guard the 47-year-old as he lay in an artificial coma. Two Bandidos were have also been shot at in the past few days. Police believe that Berlin is home to between 400 and 500 Hells Angels, and slightly fewer Bandidos, and that the two groups are currently locked in a deadly power struggle over the city. The gangs are thought to be involved in a number of organized criminal activities, including protection rackets, drug and weapons dealing, and human trafficking for prostitution. But police have struggled to solve the crimes, because victims are reluctant to speak. "As long as no victim talks, we won't get much further," said Raupach. "We have to get a foot in the door." Investigators are also hoping to help gang members get out of the scene. "We're trying to break one or two out," the prosecutor added. "And we have managed, but there are no quick successes." "But our signal to the criminal scene is clear," he concluded. "We're watching you. We're always on your heels." A former Hells Angels associate was jailed for more than four years in the northern city of Kiel last month. He was placed in a witness protection scheme after revealing details of regional biker gangs. His testimony prompted huge raids across three states in May – and the destruction of a warehouse where police hope to find the remains of a missing man in the building's concrete foundations.

A Kurdish biker gang has emerged in Cologne, Germany

Saturday, 7 July 2012

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COLOGNE, Germany — A Kurdish biker gang has emerged in Cologne, Germany. The group calls itself MC Median Empire, after the ancient Medes, who some believe were the forefathers of the modern Kurds. “MC” stands for a type of powerful horse used by the Medes.

The Kurdish group has posted on their website that the Medes were warriors and mighty knights, and that the only difference between them and the prehistoric tribe is that they ride motorcycles instead of horses. Members wear leather jackets stamped with the MC Median Empire logo.

The most notorious biker gangs in Germany are the Hells Angels and the Bandidos. Members of these gangs are known for their violence, which has terrorized entire cities in Germany. Often these rival clubs are involved in organized crime including robbery, arms dealing, drug trafficking and prostitution.

German police expect trouble between the MC Median Empire and other biker gangs in the country.  The Hells Angels are known to not accept other gangs operating in their territory.  

At the beginning of this year, four people were injured when a dispute broke out between the Hells Angels and the Bandidos. Four months later, a member of the Bandidos was gunned down by the Hells Angels.

The MC Median Empire has not yet been involved in any illegal activities, though the group is under police surveillance.

A spokesperson for the German police said, “We will continue to watch this group just like other gangs.”

The Hells Angels were formed in 1948 in California and expanded into Europe in the 1960s. It has 32 branches around the world. The German branch in Hamburg was established in 1973, after which other biker gangs such as the Bandidos set up in the country.

Gold Coast bikie a 'persistent' serial offender

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

senior member of an outlaw motorcycle gang has been refused bail by a Gold Coast magistrate who described him as a "totally unacceptable risk". Shane Treloar, 38, the sergeant-at-arms of the Lone Wolf motorcycle gang, appeared in Southport Magistrates Court today on 19 charges including possession of drugs and a high-powered automatic assault rifle. Treloar was arrested at his Upper Coomera home on Thursday by officers from Task Force Hydra - set up to combat outlaw motorcycle gangs in Queensland. Advertisement: Story continues below In refusing bail, Magistrate John Costanzo brushed aside submissions by lawyer Darren Mahony about the strength of the case against his client. "The prosecution case does not appear to be weak to me," he told the court. He said Treloar had appeared 11 times for sentencing matters in the past 10 years. "Rather than show a stable personal life he has displayed an unpreparedness to comply with court orders and to respect the law," he said. "He is a recidivist offender, and quite a persistent one. "He is a totally unacceptable risk." The heavily tattooed Treloar, with the word "Revenge" inked across one side of his face, sat quietly in the dock during the proceedings. He was remanded in custody to appear in court again on September 5 by video link from prison. Treloar played rugby league for Parramatta, Penrith and Souths for a number of years, mainly in reserve grade, and moved to the Gold Coast to pursue his sporting career but was thwarted by injury.

Police seize steroids in Doonside as part of bikie investigation

 Gang Squad detectives have searched a house in Doonside and seized a number of vials of steroids as part of an investigation into bikie gangs. Officers also seized a firearm from a prominent bikie in Oakhurst on the weekend. Just before 7pm on Saturday June 30, Strike Force Raptor investigators searched a house at Mount Vernon Road, Mount Vernon, with alleged links to bikie gangs. More than 200 grams of an amphetamine-like substance was seized, and police also located what appeared to be old bullet holes in the front of the home. Later that evening, officers stopped and searched a vehicle at Oakhurst, seizing a loaded nine millimetre semi-automatic pistol and an amount of cash. Jamie George Zammit, 30, the driver of the vehicle, who police allege to be a former high-ranking member of the Nomads and now a member of the Rebels, was arrested and charged. Mr Zammit is a Mount Vernon resident, but police have not confirmed whether it was his house which was searched earlier in the day. He was the head of the Nomands bikie gang in Sydney. He remains in custody to next face Mount Druitt Local Court on Thursday July 5. Following further inquiries, Strike Force Raptor investigators executed a search warrant on a home at Sulman Place, Doonside, yesterday afternoon, Monday, July 2. Inside, they located a number of vials of steroids and other items which were seized for further examination. Inquiries are continuing. Strike Force Raptor was established by State Crime Command’s Gangs Squad in 2009 and is a proactive and high-impact operation targeting outlaw motorcycle gangs and any associated criminal enterprises.

Florence man arrested in motorcycle gang brawl

18-year-old Florence man was arrested early Sunday morning after a fight broke out between members of two motorcycle gangs at a local nightclub. Florence Police Maj. Carlos Raines said officers were called around 2 a.m. Sunday to Out of Bounds at 507 S. Irby St. in reference to a fight in progress between members of the Warlocks and the Red Devils – two area motorcycle groups. “Witnesses told the officers that a dispute broke out between the two motorcycle gangs and that one of the Warlocks began swinging a knife around in the air,” Raines said. “At that point, the witness said, a member of the Red Devils pulled out a handgun and pointed at the Warlock who was waving the knife around.” At some point, the witness said, the man with the gun handed the gun off to another Red Devil, who put it in a case on his motorcycle. Police questioned the man who supposedly hid the gun – a semi-automatic handgun with the serial number filed off -- and recovered it from his bike. They then questioned the man witnesses identified as the gunman. While placing him under arrest, officers asked him if he had any other weapons on him. He admitted to having a gun in his boot and two knives. Police recovered the knives and a loaded .357 Revolver from his boot. Officers also found a small glass vial of what appeared to be cocaine, Raines said. John James Parker, 18, of 3225 Lakeshore Drive in Florence, was taken into custody on two counts of unlawful carrying of a pistol, one count of pointing and presenting a firearm at a person, one count of possession of a firearm with obliterated serial number and one count of possession of less than one gram of cocaine. Raines said an initial records check indicates the gun police recovered from Parker’s boot was stolen. The investigation continues. Nobody was injured during the incident.

"open season" on the Sin City Titans more alleged outlaw cycle gang members charged

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Four more alleged members of a nationwide outlaw biker gang are facing charges accusing them of crimes including robbery, kidnapping and murder, federal prosecutors said Friday. The U.S. attorney's office in St. Louis announced a superseding grand jury indictment naming the four additional men. Eighteen others were indicted in June 2011. The case involving the Wheels of Soul motorcycle gang began after gang-related crimes in St. Louis in 2009. Eleven of the original defendants have pleaded guilty. Trial is scheduled for October in St. Louis for seven people from the original indictment. Prosecutors also blame the gang in at least three murder cases. In 2009, members allegedly shot and killed a member of the rival Sin City Titans gang in St. Louis. The shooting came weeks after a meeting in which members were told that the Mother Chapter had declared "open season" on the Sin City Titans, according to the original indictment. In January 2011, a member the Wheels of Soul allegedly shot and killed a person in Chicago during an altercation with the rival Street Soldiers gang. And in March 2011, a member is accused of shooting three victims in the back as they fled from a party in Marion, killing one and seriously wounding another. Prosecutors described the gang, based in Philadelphia with branches throughout the U.S., as well organized and extremely violent. Authorities say the gang distributed crack cocaine and heroin and committed robberies to raise money. The new suspects include: » Jerry "Angel" Peteet, 49, of Gary, Ind., charged with shooting a rival gang member in Indiana in May 2009, among other crimes. » Anthony "Pharaoh" Owens, 23, of Chicago, charged with two counts of accessory to murder and tampering with evidence. » Curtis "Tomahawk" Cole, 33, of Camden, N.J., charged in a January 2011 robbery and killing in Chicago. » Trevor "Cyclopse" Seymour, 42, of Chicago, charged with conspiring with other gang members to commit murder in 2009, and with kidnapping a member of another biker gang in January 2010. The four men do not yet have attorneys.

The bohemian tenants of two Brooklyn apartment buildings say a violent biker gang has muscled in and gone hog wild

Monday, 18 June 2012

The bohemian tenants of two Brooklyn apartment buildings say a violent biker gang has muscled in and gone hog wild — turning a first-floor apartment into their private parking pad, throwing beer-soaked parties and assaulting a woman who snapped pics of them misbehaving.

“The landlord has hired thugs to drive the tenants out of the building,” said attorney Thomas Hillgardner, who represents several residents at 13 and 15 Thames St. — two ramshackle, three-story commercial buildings in the artist-populated nabe of East Williamsburg.

TOUGH! Hard-partying Forbidden Ones bike-club bruisers have taken over a first-floor Brooklyn apartment.
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TOUGH! Hard-partying Forbidden Ones bike-club bruisers have taken over a first-floor Brooklyn apartment.

Hillgardner says the landlord, Andy Chau, is using the Forbidden Ones Motorcycle Club to “terrorize residents and have them surrender their statutory rights under the loft law,” which protects renters living in illegally converted manufacturing space.

“It’s like the ‘Hotel Altamont’ over there,” he said, referencing the 1969 Rolling Stones-headlined concert at Altamont Speedway in California where Hells Angels bikers acting as security guards menaced concertgoers and stabbed a man to death, immortalized in the documentary “Gimme Shelter.”

Tensions on Thames Street reached a boiling point earlier this year after the Department of Buildings enforced a previously existing vacate order due to a certificate of occupancy violation.

A woman who was paying $3,000-a-month for a 2,400-sqaure-foot first-floor space in 15 Thames — which is accessible by a garage door — got the boot and then helplessly watched as her living quarters became the biker hangout, Hillgardner said.

The Forbidden Ones soon started wheeling their noisy rides inside and hosting rowdy boozefests, alleged the woman who declined to be named for fear of retribution.

Last month, a biker allegedly punched out a friend of the woman after she used her cellphone to photograph them having a suds-swilling soiree. A female hellion hanging out with the motorcycle crew then slammed the woman into a concrete wall as another hood snatched away her phone, residents claim.

“They really own this street,” said tenant Matt Gliva. “Almost every weekend, they have big parties.”

The buildings, which once stored coffins, have a colorful history. An anarchist film festival there in 2010 drew an NYPD response, and it recently served as broadcast headquarters for an Occupy Wall Street film group that televised the raids at Zuccotti Park.

Many tenants believe Chau, the landlord, brought in the biker club, which boasts 45 members, to scare off tenants so the buildings could be used more profitably.

But Chau — speaking through his business partner, Richard Guishard — denied the accusation and insisted he wants the bikers to hit the road, too.

“We don’t want those people inside the building, especially if they are creating these problems,” Guishard said.

The Forbidden Ones denied using violence and countered that Chau promised to pay them — and let members store their rides — as long as they kept out residents Chau views as squatters.

 




Notorious Bandidos set up in South Auckland

Sunday, 17 June 2012

BANDIDOS MC  The Bandidos Motorcycle Club are one of the "big three" outlaw motorcycle clubs, the other two being the Hells Angels and Outlaws. Formed in Texas in 1966, they now have an estimated 2400 members, with over 90 chapters in the US, 90 in Europe and another 17 in Australia and South-East Asia. Their motto is: "We are the people our parents warned us about." In Australia, the Bandidos were formed by members who broke away from the Comanchero MC in the early 1980s. Many of their members are Muslim. The two clubs were involved in the infamous Milperra Massacre, which took place at a pub in Sydney in 1984. Four Comancheros and two Bandidos died from gunshot wounds, while a 14-year-old bystander, Leanne Walters, also died after being hit in the face by a stray .357 bullet. A further 28 people were wounded. More recently, the Bandidos have been feuding with the Rebels. Five Bandidos are accused of starting a blaze which destroyed the Rebels clubhouse at Albion, Brisbane, in 2007, while in Victoria, a Rebels member was convicted of the shooting murder of a Bandido in Geelong in 2008. In January this year police on the Gold Coast warned of a war between the two clubs after a Rebels member broke the nose of the Bandidos sergeant-at-arms at a local strip club.

Killer bikie Christopher Hudson makes pals from prison

Saturday, 16 June 2012

The Hells Angel, serving 35 years for the frenzied murder of a good Samaritan in Melbourne's CBD, asks friends to write to help make his time "that much easier" at Barwon Prison.

Two from 'outlaw' biker gang sentenced

Friday, 15 June 2012

St. Louis man was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison and a Chicago man got 11 years for crimes connected to a nationwide “outlaw” motorcycle gang indicted in a racketeering conspiracy last year. Carlyle “Thundercat” Fleming, 33, got more time because of his involvement in a shooting outside a Chicago nightclub and the near-scalping of another man in a stabbing incident. Prosecutors said that Fleming was hoping to increase his status in the gang, the Wheels of Soul, through the acts of violence, and that he could have been responsible for a fatality in the Chicago shooting and another fatality in an incident in Indianapolis had his gun not jammed. Fleming and his lawyer said that he suffered from a troubled upbringing, drug and alcohol use and PTSD brought on by his military service in Iraq. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sirena Wissler replied that Fleming returned from Iraq in 2003 and only started committing crimes once he joined the Wheels in 2009. Prosecutors say former St. Louis chapter vice president Lawrence “Pac” Pinkston, 42, participated in the robbery of members of a rival motorcycle club in August 2009 and was present during a murder of a rival club member that same month, but did not fire a shot. He told fellow club members that he tried to shoot but his gun jammed. Pinkston received a sentence of 63 months in federal prison. The Wheels investigation, which resulted in charges against 18 people connected to the gang, began in St. Louis after an armed robbery and murder in 2009 and expanded nationwide, involving both the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and local police. Gang members are accused of drug dealing and gun running, kidnapping and multiple murders and attempted murders, prosecutors say.

longtime Hells Angel Rodney Sweeney, 43, agreed during a brief court appearance earlier this week to abide for a year by the conditions of a peace bond

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Redlined_16The Manitoba Hells Angels from 2008 in a photo seized by police and entered as an exhibit in court during Project Flatlined, a 2012 police bust targeting the Hells Angels and its "friend" gang, the Redlined Support Crew. Police identify the men highlighted at the top, all in jail at the time, from left to right, as Jeff Peck, Ian Grant and Dale Donovan. From left to right: Mark Jeremias, Jack Shore, Darren Hunter, Danny Lawson, Sean Wolfe, Shane Kirton, Rod Sweeney, AJ McLennan, and Dale Sweeney. (COURT EXHIBIT) the Crown have succeeded in slapping a longtime Hells Angel with a host of court restrictions, even though he is not charged with a crime, as part of efforts to keep a lid on the violent drug turf war between the gang and its rivals, the Rock Machine Rodney Sweeney, 43, agreed during a brief court appearance earlier this week to abide for a year by the conditions of a peace bond, a little-used legal weapon to fight organized crime.
"Rodney Sweeney was observed through surveillance actively pursuing rival gang members," wrote Winnipeg police Det. Grant Goulet in an affidavit for the peace bond bid.
Goulet detailed several occasions on which Hells Angels associates "assembled in convoys to go on the hunt for rival Rock Machine members," court documents state. Sometimes, the missions culminate in a home invasion, dubbed "knock knock ginger man," the court documents state.
Police implicate Sweeney in these so-called hunting missions through an intercepted text message from Sweeney's brother - the reputed president of the Manitoba Hells Angels.
"Grab some of the boys tell them to put somework (sic) it. Keep pressure on they hurtin (sic) bud!" police quote Dale Sweeney as writing to Justin MacLeod, the alleged president of the HA's "friend" gang, the Redlined Support Crew.
"Dale Sweeney in texting Justin MacLeod infers that Rod Sweeney wants to go out on the hunt again and tells MacLeod to gather the others (Redlined members) to put in some work and keep pressure on (the Rock Machine)," Goulet wrote in the affidavit.
Gang cops were conducting surveillance and wiretaps on the HA and the Redlined as part of Project Flatlined, a Winnipeg police bust targeting an alleged drug trafficking cell.
In all, 16 people are facing criminal charges for cocaine trafficking, money laundering and belonging to a criminal organization.
Dale Sweeney was among those arrested.
Nine others, however, faced the prospect of a peace bond under, also known as a crime prevention order, under Sec. 810.01 of the Criminal Code.
Including Rod Sweeney's peace bond, police and prosecutors have now triumphed in securing six orders out of a total of nine that were being sought.
Part of the aim of the orders is crippling communication between various gang members. For instance, Sweeney is not allowed to have contact with upwards of 100 past and present alleged associates of the Hells Angels, Redlined, or the Zig Zag Crew, the one-time puppet club to the Manitoba HA.
The peace bond does not result in a criminal record. However, any breaches of the order could spark a charge, which ultimately could end up on a rap sheet.
The same day Sweeney agreed to the court order, a Hells Angels prospect was ordered by a judge to obey a criminal organization peace bond. Raymond Plouffe, 48, will only have to abide by the conditions for 10 months instead of 12, thanks in part to his clean criminal record.

Feds arrest Hells Angels members on racketeering and drug charge

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles and FBI Special Agent in Charge David A. Thomas announced Wednesday morning that hundreds of officers arrested approximately 20 individuals Wednesday after the return of a 91-count indictment charging members and associates with racketeering and racketeering conspiracy. The arrest warrants were served along with the execution of 23 search warrants around 6 a.m. in North and South Carolina. During the operation, law enforcement seized methamphatamine, cocaine, marijuana, pills and approximately 100 firearms, including 2 automatic machine guns. Prosecutors said in an 80-page indictment that members of this "criminal enterprise" engaged in money laundering, arson, and drug selling. Federal authorities would not release exact locations of the raids. WIS confirmed that one of those raids happened in Gilbert on Summit Estates Ct. Agents on the scene would not comment, but there was significant damage to a mobile home on the property. Neighbors in that area reported being awakened by a loud blast in the early morning. According to the indictment, The Rock Hell City Nomad Chapter of the Hells Angels had a support motorcycle club named the Red Devils Motorcycle Club (RDMC). The RDMC River City Chapter utilized a clubhouse at 5622 Highway 302 in West Columbia. Support clubs, according to prosecutors, are feeder clubs for the main Hells Angels chapters.

Body found in shallow grave in SA forest

South Australian Police say a post-mortem examination will be carried out today on the body of a man found buried in a forest south of Adelaide. Police are investigating the discovery of the body in a shallow grave in the Kuitpo Forest. They say a person walking in the area alerted them after finding a blood-stained shirt nearby. Police say the identity of the man cannot be confirmed until they get the results of the post-mortem. It is understood they are investigating whether it is 45-year old Michael Varehov from Mawson Lakes. Police says he is missing in suspicious circumstances and believe his disappearance is linked to an assault at suburban Beaumont in Adelaide. A man has since been charged with assault. Police say a Peugeot sedan connected to Mr Varehov's disappearance was also found last night, burned out at the nearby town of Myponga.

MOVIE tough guy Charlie Allan has been battered in a turf war between two feared biker gangs.

Sunday, 10 June 2012


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Actor Charlie Allan with friend Russell Crowe

Actor Charlie Allan with friend Russell Crowe 

MOVIE tough guy Charlie Allan has been battered in a turf war between two feared biker gangs.

The 49-year-old actor was attacked minutes before he was about to play a gig with his band.

The Scot was badly beaten by two men outside a hotel in Stirling and spent the rest of the night being treated in hospital.

The thugs who carried out the attack were members of The Blue Angels – a Glasgow gang who want to stop their rivals recruiting in Scotland.

They accused Charlie – who has appeared in blockbusters Gladiator and Robin Hood – of helping The Outlaws set up their first chapter in Dundee last year.

Yesterday, he didn’t want to go into detail about the vicious assault. But he said: “The attack was frightening and left me quite traumatised.”

Biker Charlie, who plays the bagpipes with Scottish folk band Saor Patrol, was booked to perform at a festival organised by The Outlaws. But he pulled his band out of next month’s three-day rock and blues event in Derby after he was beaten.

Police have claimed that The Outlaws – the world’s biggest biker gang – are involved in drug dealing, murder and prostitution.

The Blue Angels are so far Scotland’s only bike gang and are also said to be linked to organised crime.

A source said: “Two guys from The Blue Angels turned up at the hotel to threaten Charlie and warn him to end his relationship with The Outlaws.

“He’s not the kind of guy to just sit back and be intimidated and told them what they could do with their threats.

“But the men then really set about Charlie and left him a bad way. Doctors decided to keep him in hospital overnight because the beating was so severe.

“Charlie has decided getting caught in the crossfire of a war between the two gangs wasn’t worth the hassle and he has too much to lose.

“He distanced himself from The Outlaws and is concentrating on his own projects.”

Charlie is head of the Clanranald Trust, who promote Scotland’s heritage, and is building a medieval fort in Duncarron, Stirlingshire, to educate schoolchildren.

His 16-year battle to raise funds to help build the project was the subject of STV documentary Charlie’s Army last Tuesday. He also raises cash to help fund his dream by hiring his 160-strong army for Hollywood fight scenes.

Oscar-winning star Russell Crowe, who became friends with Charlie while filming Gladiator, appeared on the documentary.

The star managed to convince movie bosses to donate a battering ram from the set of Robin Hood for Duncarron. And Crowe vowed that he’d convince director Ridley Scott to consider using the venue in future films.

Last year, police revealed that The Outlaws had targeted Scotland.

In 2007, Hells Angel Gerry Tobin was shot dead on the M40 in Warwickshire and seven members of The Outlaws were convicted.

And in 2010, The Outlaws leader for Europe and Asia, Stuart Lawson, was jailed for five years for drug offences in Wales.

Last year, it was revealed that The Outlaws had set up their first chapter in Dundee. But the gang have a presence around the globe, with more than 200 chapters in Europe, Australia, Asia, the US and Canada.

Members wear black leather jackets with a crossed piston and skull motif while The Blue Angels logo is a skull in a winged helmet.

Police said their inquiries are continuing into the attack on Charlie.

Hells Angels in NC, SC arrested on drug charges

Friday, 8 June 2012

Authorities say they have arrested 19 people on gun and drug charges in the Carolinas who are either members or associates of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang. U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Thursday the suspects are from North and South Carolina. They were arrested as part of a two-year investigation. Nettles says agents served nearly two dozen search warrants on Thursday, recovering a wide variety of drugs and more than 100 firearms, including two machine guns. Prosecutors say the men and women sold drugs, laundered money and committed arson. They're also accused of selling weapons they knew would be used in crimes. The suspects face charges including racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering and drug violations. It wasn't immediately clear if they had attorneys or when they'd appear in court.

Police raid more than 70 biker gang addresses

Thursday, 7 June 2012

German police carried out another massive raid against biker gangs on Thursday morning, sending around 1,000 police officers to more than 70 addresses in and around Berlin – and special forces to one clubhouse. Commandos from the GSG 9 busted into a building at 5am, smashing windows, using stun grenades and shooting dead a dog in the small town of Henningsdorf just north of the capital. As the day wore on and the arrested men were removed, detectives started tearing the walls apart looking for hidden drugs and weapons. Unlike raids across northern Germany last month, including one in Berlin which had to be brought forward after details were leaked to the gang, Thursday’s operation targeted the Bandidos gang rather than their rivals the Hells Angels. Officers struck at 74 flats and buildings used by the gang, with the aim of breaking up drug dealing operations and combating organized crime, a police spokesman said. Seven outstanding arrest warrants against members of the Bandido chapter Del Este were also executed. The club’s president, a former policeman named only as Thorsten S., was also arrested on a warrant for robbery. Public prosecutors have been investigating the gang since last year, and the raid had been planned for more than a month, even though the Bandidos have not been officially banned. The police spokesman said there was no connection with the Berlin Hells Angels club ban and ensuing raid last month. That raid was undermined by a leaked tip which police fear came from within their ranks, which enabled the Hells Angels to officially dissolve their club and move their money elsewhere.

Police identify 'Finks Terror Team'

Monday, 4 June 2012

The Gold Coast's Finks Motorcycle club has a "Finks Terror Team" whose major function is to extort money, a police court application says. Yassar Bakir, Shane Bowden, Nicholas Forbes, Graeme Keating, Greg Keating, Leslie Martin, Jason Morrison, Richard Michail, Sacha Nachouki and Darren Watson are named as past and current members of the team in the 95-page document lodged in the Supreme Court on Friday. It is Queensland police's first attempt at using the Criminal Organisation Act 2009 to have a group declared a criminal organisation. If successful, police will be able to pursue orders against past and current Finks' members to restrict their activities, including banning them from recruiting, from entering the clubhouse and other venues, and from working in specific industries such as gaming and security. The application, obtained from the Supreme Court, says members "habitually, both individually and collectively, engage in serious criminal activity". It contains a lengthy list of convictions and pending charges against more than 40 members, involving murder, drug trafficking, supply and possession of dangerous drugs, extortion, stalking, supply and possession of firearms and assault occasioning bodily harm. The convictions date as far back as 1992. The application says Finks member Glenn Douglas Laycock was convicted of murdering Darryl Lewis and was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1998. He and at least 14 other gang members, armed with guns, baseball bats and iron bars, confronted Lewis and another man in 1996 over a motorbike they said had been stolen from one of their members. The two men were held against their will and assaulted before Lewis was dumped outside the Beenleigh Ambulance Station. He later died from head injuries. In another incident, a Finks' nominee member threw a man over a balcony railing in 2001 and was later convicted of assault occasioning bodily harm. Another member threatened Gold Coast hospital staff in July 2005. His wife was a patient of the hospital at the time. The application says he "told staff that he was a member of the organisation and that if his demands were not met, 30 other `Finks' would attend the hospital." It also cites the case of one member who was jailed after he flew to Sydney to source cocaine and MDMA in time for the schoolies' festival. The Finks' lawyer is yet to lodge a response to the application. The case is set to be heard in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on June 21.

Two from 'outlaw' biker gang sentenced

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

St. Louis man was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison and a Chicago man got 11 years for crimes connected to a nationwide “outlaw” motorcycle gang indicted in a racketeering conspiracy last year. Carlyle “Thundercat” Fleming, 33, got more time because of his involvement in a shooting outside a Chicago nightclub and the near-scalping of another man in a stabbing incident. Prosecutors said that Fleming was hoping to increase his status in the gang, the Wheels of Soul, through the acts of violence, and that he could have been responsible for a fatality in the Chicago shooting and another fatality in an incident in Indianapolis had his gun not jammed. Fleming and his lawyer said that he suffered from a troubled upbringing, drug and alcohol use and PTSD brought on by his military service in Iraq. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sirena Wissler replied that Fleming returned from Iraq in 2003 and only started committing crimes once he joined the Wheels in 2009. Prosecutors say former St. Louis chapter vice president Lawrence “Pac” Pinkston, 42, participated in the robbery of members of a rival motorcycle club in August 2009 and was present during a murder of a rival club member that same month, but did not fire a shot. He told fellow club members that he tried to shoot but his gun jammed. Pinkston received a sentence of 63 months in federal prison. The Wheels investigation, which resulted in charges against 18 people connected to the gang, began in St. Louis after an armed robbery and murder in 2009 and expanded nationwide, involving both the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and local police. Gang members are accused of drug dealing and gun running, kidnapping and multiple murders and attempted murders, prosecutors say.

Police are searching for the person responsible for murdering Clyde Thompson Jr, 51, president of the San Diego chapter of the nationwide Black Sabbath Motorcycle Club.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

The biker known as Wild Dogg was working on his motorcycle with a friend on Friday night in the California city when an SUV pulled up and a passenger opened fire, San Diego police Lt. Ernie Herbert said.

Fatal: Clyde Thompson Jr, of San Diego, the president of the local chapter of a national motorcycle club, was gunned down and killed on Friday

Fatal: Clyde Thompson Jr, of San Diego, the president of the local chapter of a national motorcycle club, was gunned down and killed on Friday

Loss: The local chapter of the Black Sabbath Motorcycle Club (pictured) that Mr Thompson led and rebuilt is mourning the death of their friend

Loss: The local chapter of the Black Sabbath Motorcycle Club (pictured) that Mr Thompson led and rebuilt is mourning the death of their friend

He was apparently shot several times in front of the building of the group's 'mother chapter,' according to a post on the club's website.

Police haven't determined a motive for the killing.

Members of the group he led mourned and paid tribute to their friend, who was pronounced dead at hospital.

 

 

 

Black Sabbath Motorcycle Club mourned what it called 'Wild Dogg's martyrdom' in a post on the group's Facebook page.

'We continue to struggle to cope with the sobering reality that despite four decades of peaceful, non-violent existence,' the post said, 'we awake this Mother's Day Sunday having suffered the cowardly, brutal assassination of a Black Sabbath M.C. President, Wild Dogg.'

Mystery: Police haven't been able to figure out a motive or find a suspect in the murder of Mr Thompson, who was well-liked among his biker friends

Mystery: Police haven't been able to figure out a motive or find a suspect in the murder of Mr Thompson, who was well-liked among his biker friends

'Reputation': Police are trying to find the person responsible as Mr Thompson's biker members say their club was known for staying out of trouble

'Reputation': Police are trying to find the person responsible as Mr Thompson's biker members say their club was known for staying out of trouble

It goes on to call Thompson a 'responsible brother with big shoulders. He was simply a very nice person who did not deserve to be shot down in the street like a rabid dog.'

Mr Thompson took charge of the local chapter in 2007, which was struggling, the club website said.

He retooled it and strengthened it with new staff, according to the website.

The club was founded in 1972 by seven black men who liked to ride on Sundays, the group's website said. The Mighty Black Sabbath M.C. Nation has since become a multicultural club headquartered in Atlanta with 17 chapters nationwide.

Late last year, Thompson took over what is known as the 'mother chapter' in San Diego.

Stunned: Mr Thompson's fellow club members are in shock as they mourn their president, who was shot in front of their chapter office

Stunned: Mr Thompson's fellow club members are in shock as they mourn their president, who was shot in front of their chapter office

John, 'Black Dragon' Bunch, the group's national president who lives in Georgia, said members have historically been servicemen and tradesman - adopting nicknames to avoid misunderstandings with employers.

'We don't have a motorcycle club that has a reputation for trouble,' Bunch said to UT San Diego. 'So we can't imagine who would have the need or the desire to hurt one of our members.'

Bunch told the newspaper that Thompson, who led the club through a difficult period after taking over, 'was a problem-solver, he was not a troublemaker.'

Thompson was survived by a long-term girlfriend and two daughters, according to the club's website.

 

Danish and Thai Police Chasing Bikers

According to the Danish newspaper, Politiken, Danish Motorcycle gangs, Hells Angels and Bandidos, are getting more visible in Thailand, but now a cooperation between the Danish and the Thai police is set to keep a close eye on the bikers, who are known for a wide variety of criminal activities in Denmark. “The motorcycle gangs can forget setting up Thailand as a base for their criminal activities. In both Denmark and Thailand there is a strong will to fight the kind of crimes these gangs are known for. We are now sharing information and we are willing to assist the Thai police in specific cases as well,” says Kim Kliver, Head of the National investigations center of the Danish Police. The Danish police are very much aware of the fact that Thailand could be seen as the perfect place to hide money as well as supplying the bikers with drugs and women for prostitution. “Women from Asia are the largest group of women being trafficked to Denmark, and because of that we will be very much on our toes to see if the bikers are showing interest of getting in to that business as well,” says Kim Kliver. According to the Danish paper, the Danish bikers are mostly operating in Thailand and Pattaya.

2 life sentences in biker gang murder

A member of the Modesto chapter of the Mongols motorcycle gang was sentenced this week to two consecutive life sentences in prison for the murder of a rival gang member, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag announced this week. Christopher Bryan Ablett, a k a "Stoney," was found guilty of murdering the president of the San Francisco chapter of the Hells Angels in September 2008. Ablett was outside a bar in San Francisco's Mission District wearing the Mongols' gang insignia when he was approached by Hells Angel Mark "Papa" Guardado. A fight broke out, during which Ablett stabbed Guardado four times with a foot-long military knife and shot him twice with a .357 Magnum revolver, killing him. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg handed down the two life sentences for the guilty verdicts of murder and racketeering.

Finks sentenced after nightclub fight

Friday, 25 May 2012

Six Finks bikies have been given suspended jail sentences over a fight with members of the Hells Angels at an Adelaide nightclub. The brawl at the City Nightclub in May last year was started after an altercation between two rival gang members at another club. Security vision of the brawl showed men using bar stools and bottles to attack each other. Nine members of the Finks pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated affray. In the Adelaide Magistrates Court, six were given suspended four-month prison sentences. One of the other men is already in custody and has had time added to his sentence, while the remaining two were taken into custody, one for breaching his parole and the other for breaching his bond. Two other Finks have yet to answer charges over the brawl. Charges against the Hells Angels were dropped.

The FBI informant who brought down an Alaska militia headed by Schaeffer Cox last year admitted this week that he ran drugs for the Hells Angels motorcycle gang

The FBI informant who brought down an Alaska militia headed by Schaeffer Cox last year admitted this week that he ran drugs for the Hells Angels motorcycle gang before he began working with the feds. The federal trial of Cox, Coleman Barney and Lonnie Vernon began earlier this month and could last several weeks. They are charged with plotting to murder government and law enforcement officials. The Anchorage Daily News reports that 37-year-old Gerald “J.R.” Olson worked as a “prospect” for the Angels and hauled drugs from Washington state to Alaska for 17 months. He said he was later charged with felonies for stealing a mini front-end loader, according to the paper. The FBI, had given Olson $77,000 to help cover expenses and move his wife and children out of Alaska, according to the Alaska Dispatch. When a defense lawyer asked him how much he hoped to earn for his services, Olson said his opening bid would be $300,000. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan had earlier denied the government’s request to prevent any evidence relating to “Self-Defense (including any reference to the events of “Ruby Ridge”), Religious Belief or Membership, Innocent Possession, Nullification and Entrapment,” from being introduced. The government had maintained that such defenses were “irrelevant and inappropriate.”

Police hunt for missing man in cement floor

Over 1,200 police officers were deployed across northern Germany to raid known Hells Angels' haunts on Thursday – including pubs, brothels and houses. Police were led to a warehouse in the Altenholz area outside the city of Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, where they suspect the body of a missing man, 47-year-old Tekin Bicer, has been cemented into the floor by the gang. State prosecutors said on Friday that investigators emptied the building and are currently scanning it with special equipment. But they did not say whether Bicer, who had been missing since April 2010, had previously been linked to the biker gang. Kiel was a focal point for the raids, with police storming 87 addresses and arresting five leading Hells Angels members. They also confiscated several knives, guns and machetes, along with computers and mobile phones. Prosecutors are now investigating 69 members of the gang on a total of nearly 200 potential counts of sex trafficking, assault, corruption and illegally selling guns – possibly to far-right extremist party the National Democratic Party (NPD). Thursday's raids were the largest-ever against the Hells Angels of northern Germany. The biker gang is often linked to criminal activity in Germany and violent clashes with other gangs.

Germany Hell’s Angels raided by police

German police carried out a series of raids across the north of the country, targeting properties linked to the Hell’s Angels biker club. The operations were carried out at 80 locations in Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony, including the home of Frank Hanebuth, whose dog was shot during the raid. Amongst other things, police were reportedly looking for the body of a Turkish man who may have been killed after falling out with the group. Soenke Hinrichs with the city of Kiel’s police department said: “The aim of the search was to find evidence of a variety of crimes, such as assault and arms trafficking.” Germany’s Hell’s Angels are also suspected of being involved in people trafficking. The worldwide organisation is thought to have links with organised crime. Authorities shut down some Hell’s Angels clubs in northern Germany two years ago.

North Texas biker convicted of machine gun possession

59-year-old Texas man faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine following his conviction on charges he possessed an illegal machine gun. Benjamin Edward Neuner, known as "Rebel Rider Ben" and from Alvarado in Johnson County," was convicted Tuesday by a federal court jury in Fort Worth. Neuner, identified as a member of the Rebel Riders Motorcycle Club, contended he was entrapped by a rival Bandido motorcycle gang member. Federal prosecutors say Neuner converted two rifles into machine guns and delivered them to an undercover FBI agent. Neuner, identified as a member of the Rebel Riders Motorcycle Club, contended he was entrapped by a rival Bandido motorcycle gang member. Neuner remains in custody awaiting sentencing set for Aug. 31.

A GOLDEN Grove man charged with illegally possessing a 9mm semi-automatic handgun will face Holden Hill Magistrates Court next month.

seized

The firearm seided at Golden Grove.Crime Gangs Task Force raided the 23-year-old man's home last night and allegedly uncovered the pistol, a baton, OC or pepper spray and an undisclosed amount of a controlled drug believed to be amphetamine.

Police say he is believed to have links to a motorcycle crime gang.

He was charged with firearm offences, possessing prohibited weapons and trafficking in controlled drugs but bailed to appear in the Holden Hill Magistrates Court next month.

Focarelli phone conversations released in court

Prison phone conversations were released in court today to provide evidence that former bikie gang leader Vince Focarelli had breached his bail conditions. Police alleged Focarelli breached the conditions 11 times by having phone conversations with an outlaw Michael Sfyris. According to court documents, Sfyris and Focarelli used prison phones to declare their brotherly love, preach Islam and plot rebuilding the New Boys gang. The calls were made while Sfyris was in jail and was before Focarelli's son Giovanni died. Earlier this year, Focarelli told Sfyris he was "always there" for him. Sfyris replied: "Hey brother, you know what you've given me because I lost faith in mankind. "I had lost the ability to love my brothers, you know? "You've given me that ability back, do you know what I mean?" They discussed the recruitment of Newboys to make it a stronger gang and talked about their devotion to Islam. "I'll tell you something now, no one is stepping one foot into this brotherhood without having any intentions of converting to Islam," Focarelli said. The phone calls give an insight into a period when the Newboys patched over to the Comancheros, known as the Comos. Conversations suggest they once had a relationship with former national boss Mahmoud Hawi who's in jail for murder over the Sydney Airport brawl. The phone calls are being used as evidence against Focarelli in a breach of bail charges. Today Sfyris was fined $3000 for possessing a controlled drug. A trial on the issue will continue next month with Focarelli remaining in custody in the meantime. Focarelli drug charges Vince Focarelli will argue next week that he has no case to answer on drug charges. It has been alleged that police found a bottle of drugs in the car the 37-year-old was driving when he flagged down a patrol in January on the night he and his son were shot. Giovanni Focarelli, 22, died in the attack while Focarelli was hospitalised for several weeks with serious wounds. On Friday the court was told it was likely a second person would be charged over the drugs. But Magistrate Robert Harrap said Focarelli was entitled to present his no-case submissions. Mr Harrap set the matter down for June 1.

A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty

A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty

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