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Biker gang's Kiwi connections

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Biker gang's Kiwi connections | Stuff.co.nz: "THE biggest biker gang in Australia already has close to 20 patched members in New Zealand and experts warn they could cause major problems here.

Former New South Wales detective turned true-crime writer Duncan McNab said the Rebels Motorcycle Club were 'whoppers' on the Australian criminal scene – involved in serious violence, drug and weapons trafficking – and said New Zealand now had a 'genuine problem' in policing them.

His warning comes as police revealed on Friday the gang already has 17 members here – experienced criminals who have racked up more than 200 convictions between them and have collectively served almost 170 years behind bars.

The Rebels are believed to be quickly gaining a foothold here by 'patching over' members of other Kiwi gangs including the Tribesmen – who have a presence across the North Island – Lower Hutt's Nomads and Nelson's Lost Breed as well as recruiting new members.

Ex-pat Kiwis who had risen to senior positions in the gang – the biggest in Australia boasting about 3000 members – are believed to be behind the expansion plans.

Rebels members were among 31 people arrested in a police sting on Thursday aimed at shutting down a P-dealing ring and slowing the gang's growing Kiwi presence."


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