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bikie posts disturbing Facebook snaps

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Melbourne man charged with firearms offences had posted photographs on his Facebook page of a toddler aiming a loaded gun at the camera.

Taskforce Echo detectives last night arrested Adam Moutsopoulos, who has links to an outlaw motorcycle gang, and raided his St Albans home where they allegedly discovered guns and a silencer.

The 29-year-old had allegedly posted a number of photographs on his Facebook page featuring firearms.

 

Gangs Squad detectives have so far today arrested 10 people including Outlaw Motorcycle Gang members

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Gangs Squad detectives have so far today arrested 10 people including Outlaw Motorcycle Gang members and executed 19 search warrants following a major joint operation targeting organised criminal networks and OMCGs involved in alleged tax fraud.

Police say that Strike Force Edinburgh was established in April 2010 by the State Crime Command's Gangs Squad, with assistance from the Australian Taxation Office and NSW Crime Commission.

They say that the Strike Force was established to investigate money laundering and significant tax fraud by OMCGs and organised criminal networks including finance industry professionals; as well as extortion of local businesses; the establishment of false businesses; illegal drug supply; and firearms supply.

'About 6.30am today, 19 simultaneous search warrants were executed by Gangs Squad detectives with assistance from Strike Force Raptor, State Crime Command, relevant regions, Public Order and Riot Squad, Dog Unit, and Rescue and Bomb Disposal Unit,' police said.

'Search warrants are being executed at locations including Auburn, Rosebery, Georges Hall, Wentworthville, Condell Park, South Hurstville, Canterbury, Illawong, Fairfield, Menai, Parramatta, Glenwood and Lakemba.

'Police have so far located and seized 10 firearms, as well as a quantity of steroids, cash, computers and financial documents.

'A total of 10 people have been arrested by police so far, including two alleged members of the Hells Angels.'

Police say that to date, a total of 16 people have been charged, with a total of 19 firearms seized, as well as stolen bank cheques and a large amount of Australian currency.

Gangs Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis said that as a result of investigations conducted by Strike Force Edinburgh, police have identified a number of suspected complex tax frauds and related extortion matters.

'Today's operation is one of the largest single operations conducted by the State Crime Command targeting Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and organised criminal networks,' he said.

'Today's 10 arrests will have a major impact on the criminal activities of a major chapter of the Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

'The NSW Police Force is committed to targeting all levels of illegal activities by OMCGs and organised criminal networks.

'The NSW Police Gangs Squad has and will continue to work in partnership with the Australian Taxation Office and NSW Crime Commission to target and investigate people involved in these types of illegal activity.

'Detectives urge any person or finance industry professional who is aware of, or involved in similar activities, to come forward before police track you down.'

Police are investigating whether a fire at a Perth tattoo parlour is linked to an ongoing feud between the Rebels and the Rock Machine bikie gangs.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Police are investigating whether a fire at a Perth tattoo parlour is linked to an ongoing feud between the Rebels and the Rock Machine bikie gangs.

The fire at Ink Assault Tattoos at Bibra Lake in the city's south started some time before 10.30pm (WST) on Sunday and caused around $50,000 of damage before firefighters brought it under control.

The parlour, linked to the Rebels, was the target of an attempted firebombing in November last year, causing several hundred dollars worth of damage.

Police at the time put the firebombing down to tensions between the Rebels and the Rock Machine outlaw motorcycle gangs over the illegal drug trade.

The WA Police arson squad is investigating.

associate of the Bandido, Hells Angels and Lone Wolf bikie gangs has been charged with drug offences

Sunday, 24 July 2011

associate of the Bandido, Hells Angels and Lone Wolf bikie gangs has been charged with drug offences following a raid in Prospect earlier this year.
Police raided a house on Myrtle Street, Prospect, in February following investigations into illegal drug supply.

They seized various quantities of cocaine and methylamphetamine, plus scales, resealable plastic bags and stolen property.

The home was unoccupied at time of the search warrant.

On Thursday morning, police arrested a 36-year-old man when he attended Blacktown Police Station.

He was charged with supplying prohibited drugs, possession of stolen goods and drug possession.

He was granted conditional bail and will appear at Penrith Local Court on August 24.

Police will allege the man has links with several outlaw motorcycle clubs.

state prison officer who had a history of misconduct and allegedly headed the Louisville chapter of a violent drug-funded biker gang has been charged in a multistate murder and racketeering scheme

Saturday, 23 July 2011

state prison officer who had a history of misconduct and allegedly headed the Louisville chapter of a violent drug-funded biker gang has been charged in a multistate murder and racketeering scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in St. Louis.

Federal authorities said they arrested Carlos Wesley “Pit Bull” Rose, 48, last week on evidence that he conspired in gang activities and acquired materials for a pipe bomb to kill members of a rival motorcycle club in Chicago.

The capture resulted from a two-year investigation that yielded 18 arrests from the Wheels of Soul — a national biker gang with chapters in at least 20 states, officials said. Members are accused of various acts of violence, robbery, drug trafficking and extortion in four cities across the Midwest.

Rose has served as a corrections officer at the Kentucky State Reformatory in La Grange since 2006 and was suspended for ten days last year over harsh treatment of an inmate. But as of Friday, he remained an active employee of the state Department of Corrections.

Department spokesman Todd Henson would not comment on when officials will address Rose's employment status but said in a prepared statement that the department conducts background checks during the hiring process for new officers.

“At the time that Rose was hired, there was nothing in his background check that would prevent his employment and since he has been employed at the DOC, there has been no conduct on his part that would necessitate his dismissal,” he said.

New hires are selected by the reformatory and approved by department Commissioner LaDonna Thompson.

Henson said the department doesn't suspect any wrongdoing at the prison. “If we did, we would certainly investigate it,” he said.

The criminal indictment was returned June 9 but remained sealed until after the arrests on July 12. It alleges that Rose was named chapter president in September at a regional meeting in Chicago.

Investigators also accuse Rose of procuring explosives, which he and a fellow gang member planned to use in a pipe bomb to kill members of the Chicago motorcycle gang, Hell's Lovers, in February.

The Rock Machine biker gang - sworn enemy of the Hells Angels - is back in Montreal after a 10-year absence.


About 10 people proudly displaying Rock Machine colours were spotted in a downtown Montreal strip club on Thursday and were questioned by police, confirmed Danny Richer of the Montreal police.

After answering questions from officers, the individuals left quietly.

Police said that Rock Machine members showing off in Hells territory is provocative.

A client of the strip club who wanted to remain anonymous said that the bikers wore Rock Machine vests emblazoned with the word "Canada" as well as "1%" - symbols of the biker gang.

Their presence gives credence to the theory that the Hells Angels gang in Quebec has been weakened after 130 of its members and supporters were arrested in April 2009.

The Hells and the Rock Machine fought a bloody war between 1994 and 2002 that killed 160 people.

The gang was virtually wiped out of Quebec after the war and after several members defected when the group became a chapter of the American Bandidos biker gang in 2001. The Rock Machine restarted after the Bandidos broke up in 2006.

QMI Agency has learned that Rock Machine members have been spotted across the city in the past few months.

The Rock Machine gang has been causing problems recently in other Canadian cities, most notably in Winnipeg, where gun fights and arsons have occurred between them and another gang affiliated with the Hells.

Important events tied to the Rock Machine in Quebec

1985: The Rock Machine is started by brothers Salvatore and Giovanni Cazzetta.

1994: Start of war against the Hells Angels.

2000: Announcement of short-lived truce between Hells and Rock Machine.

2001: The Rock Machine officially becomes a chapter of the American biker gang, the Bandidos.

2002: End of war against Hells Angels. 160 people killed since 1994.

2003: Former head office of Rock Machine in Montreal is demolished.

member of a Midwest "outlaw" biker gang called the Invaders was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for his role in a major marijuana conspiracy.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011


Stephen P. "Sticky Steve" Morris, 47, pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge in November and admitted that he played a part in what prosecutors have said was a 15-year scheme that brought thousands of kilos of pot to the St. Louis area.
Morris' lawyer, Jeffrey Rosanswank, told U.S. District Judge Rod Sippel that Morris had "quite an awakening" before the indictment was filed. It was "one thing" to ride around on motorcycles, Rosanswank said, "but things got out of hand."
Morris was one of 15 men indicted last year in federal court in St. Louis on the marijuana charges. Additional methamphetamine-related charges were filed against others in Indiana.
Officials believe that some local Invaders members were involved in the deaths of three men in recent years, according to court documents and investigators' notes. Morris was not named as one of those involved.
Two of the victims, Randy Greenman, 39, and George Whitter, 36, disappeared from a bar in south St. Louis County on Aug. 30, 2007. Pieces of their bodies were found in several locations. Gang member Alan Henry Little, 61, of St. Louis County, disappeared in 2007 and was presumed murdered.
The Invaders were founded in Gary, Ind., in 1965, and have chapters in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Colorado.
No Invaders members have been charged with the murders of the three, and there has been no mention of the murders in public court proceedings in the drug case. There have also been a number of sealed court filings in the case. A defense lawyer recently asked for a delay, saying his client had been told by unidentified homicide detectives that charges were imminent.

Wheels of Soul vice president expected to seek bail

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

James "Animal" Smith is due in court this afternoon after he and other members of the Wheels of Soul motorcycle gang were indicted earlier this week.
Authorities raided the gang's "mother chapel" Tuesday in West Philadelphia, but the Wheels of Soul members span seven states, and have been indicted on murder, kidnapping and other charges.
The Associated Press reports Smith is expected to seek bail, since the 64-year-old has no prior convictions, but federal prosecutors may seek to extradite Smith to St. Louis, where the indictment was unsealed.

 

Hells Angel bikie accused of attempted extortion has been granted bail less than 24 hours before he is due to get married.

Saturday, 16 July 2011


Mostafa Jouayd also obtained a one-off extension to his curfew, which will enable him to continue the nuptial celebrations until the early hours on Sunday.

The 30-year-old president of the Hells Angels Parramatta chapter appeared by audio visual link at Burwood Local Court on Friday, while his anxious fiancee, Susie Arida, sat in the back of the courtroom.

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On Tuesday at the same court, the tattoo shop owner was refused bail by a magistrate after being arrested with four other men on Monday.

They are charged with, between July 7 and 11, demanding with menaces a silver BMW M3, valued at $43,990 from racehorse owner Terry Mullens, owner of a luxury car dealership at Burwood.

They also are charged with participating in a criminal group.

Jouayd's barrister George Thomas told the court on Tuesday that a magician, hip-hop artist and Lebanese band were booked to perform for 250 guests at the $32,000 Sydney wedding on Saturday.

On Friday, he entered not guilty pleas on Jouayd's behalf.

Magistrate Tim Keady then agreed to bail, after police said they no longer opposed it, in part due to the proposed strict conditions.

They include an acceptable person lodging a surety of $400,000, Jouayd agreeing to forfeit $20,000 if he does not comply with his bail, and his reporting to police daily.

He also must abide by a home curfew from 8pm to 6am (AEST), but this will be changed so he can stay out until 2am (AEST) on Sunday.

Jouayd and Ms Arida both looked elated at the decision and outside court she said she was going to pick him up from jail.

His barrister George Thomas told reporters he was relieved at the decision.

"What I can't understand is why a fellow would want to get out of jail to get married, which is like a life sentence anyway," he quipped.

turf war between the Rock Machine and the Hells Angels-affiliated Redlined Support Crew is ramping up

Thursday, 14 July 2011

turf war between the Rock Machine and the Hells Angels-affiliated Redlined Support Crew is ramping up, police said Wednesday following yet another firebombing in the city.

The early morning firebombing at a tattoo parlour was the eighth in the city believed to be linked to the feud between rival biker gangs, police said.

A charred front door and shattered glass were visible outside 187 Ink, which was targeted after 4 a.m. Wednesday. Officers quickly arrested two men, although the pair had yet to be formally charged.

The owner of the tattoo shop maintains his business was wrongly targeted, though he acknowledges clients may include gang members.

"We tattoo anyone. If gang members come in here, if police come in here, news reporters come in here, we'll tattoo them. Their money is as good as anyone else's," said Wayne Nuytten.

The first sign of violence between the rival biker gangs was on June 14, when a business was firebombed, police revealed Wednesday in a list provided to media of incidents linked to the biker battle. The list cited four shootings, including that of a 14-year-old boy, seven firebombings -- police clarified there were actually eight -- and also mentioned the discovery of a gun June 29.

After that initial firebombing, things were relatively quiet for another week until a flare gun was shot into an Elmwood home linked to a Redlined member. Since then, other than a few days over the July long weekend, the incidents have continued.

"I think things have escalated," Winnipeg Police Service spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said. "We have a problem on our hands here. Quite simply, we're acknowledging that."

Some of the incidents were not reported to police, which is one of the reasons the public is hearing about some of the cases much after the fact, police said. In other instances, Michalyshen said police might have held back details for investigative reasons.

In an effort to quell the violence, last week police announced a crackdown on gang members and associates. On Wednesday, police said 15 people have been arrested so far for breaching court conditions, drug possession and outstanding warrants.

Extra officers have been assigned to the gang unit to help deal with the situation, said Mayor Sam Katz, who pointed to the speedy arrests of two suspects in the Osborne Village firebombing to suggest the clampdown is working.

"When you put the resources there, it works," he said. "The gangs are already complaining about the WPS being in their faces."

Federal prosecutors say seven members of an outlaw biker gang from Illinois are now facing racketeering charges

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Federal prosecutors say seven members of an outlaw biker gang from Illinois are now facing racketeering charges, after being caught up in a multi-state sting operation Tuesday.

In all, federal officials say they rounded up 18 members of the Wheels of Soul motorcycle gang. A grand jury indictment alleges that 15 of them employed various criminal activities, including murder, arson, and kidnapping, while jockeying for power against rival gangs.

The government says the Wheels of Soul gang was strictly hierarchical. The seven defendants from northern Illinois have nicknames like Big T, Q-Ball, and Thundercat, according to the indictment. Federal prosecutors say members were always required to carry a sort of survival kit with them, including a weapon, a flashlight, a needle and thread.

Some were allegedly dubbed "one-percenters," and received a diamond patch to put on their motorcycle vests that identified them as select members who routinely committed crimes for the gang.

Several of the defendants have hearings scheduled before a federal judge in Chicago later this week.

Eighteen members of a motorcycle gang known as Wheels of Soul face a federal indictment

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Eighteen members of a motorcycle gang known as Wheels of Soul face a federal indictment on charges ranging from racketeering to kidnapping to murder, including for fatal shootings in three states.

The indictment handed up June 9 was unsealed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. It wasn't immediately clear if any of the defendants had attorneys.
The defendants are from seven states: Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Colorado, Wisconsin and Kentucky.
The indictment alleges that Wheels of Soul is governed by the "Mother Chapter" in Philadelphia, with regional chapters around the country. Federal agents raided two Wheels of Soul clubhouses in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Members wear a black vest adorned with patches on the back and commonly refer to the gang as "the Nation."
The indictment alleges that a select few gang members achieved "1%er," or "Diamond" status for particularly violent activity. It accuses gang members of planning extortion against smaller gangs; distributing drugs, especially crack cocaine; plotting and carrying out several acts of violence including kidnapping, robbery and murder.
It also accuses gang members of several shootings, including three that were fatal: In St. Louis in 2009; in Chicago in January; and in Marion, Ohio, in March.
Some of the violence cited in the indictment was breathtaking. One member allegedly stabbed another person in the head during a fight at a Chicago motorcycle club, then shot another in the stomach.
In January, six of the accused went to an East St. Louis, Ill., nightclub intending to kill members of the rival Outkast OMG gang, according to the indictment. The plan was foiled because several police officers were seen near the club.

A biker who helped ­murder a member of the infamous Hell’s Angels has had a price put on his head for ­“betraying” his comrades.

Sunday, 10 July 2011





Karl Garside, 48, of the notorious rival Outlaws gang, fears for his life after he told other ­members of his gang he wants nothing more to do with them.

Garside, from Coventry, was one of ­seven involved in the ­gunning down of Gerry Tobin, 35, on the M40 in 2007.


He has been moved to another jail after he received death threats. Garside has been accused of breaking the secretive gang’s code of honour by turning his back on the ­Outlaws.

A jail source revealed: “The Outlaws live and die by a code of honour and it is almost unknown for any member to break away.

“Karl blames the peer pressure of being an Outlaw for putting him in the position of being an ­accessory to murder.

“He wants nothing more to do with the gang. There is a huge amount of anger at Karl. He is a marked man.”


Three of the killers from the South Warwickshire Outlaws chapter – Garside’s brother Dane, 42, Simon Turner, 41, and Sean Creighton, 46 – pulled alongside Mr ­Tobin on the M40 in a car at 90mph. The mechanic was shot once in the head.

Four others – including Karl, Malcolm Bull, 53, Dean Taylor, 47, and Ian Cameron, 46 – waited in cars as back-up killers.

Creighton admitted firing the fatal shot on the eve of the trial in 2008. All were convicted of murder at Birmingham Crown Court and given life sentences

Alleged Hells Angel denied bail over hit and run

Saturday, 9 July 2011

An alleged member of the Hells Angels motorcycle group has been denied bail over the hit and run death of a Northern Territory man.

Late last night police finalised charges against Nicholas Frank Cassidy, 47, over the alleged hit and run of Levi Griffiths.

Police say the 25-year-old's body was found on the side of the Stuart Highway last month.

But detectives allege his body was moved after he was hit by a ute in the early hours of the morning while walking home from a party on Girraween Road in Howard Springs.

Police allege Mr Cassidy is a member of the Hells Angels.

He was denied magistrates bail last night and remanded in custody, facing charges of hit and run and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

A 36-year-old man was also charged with perverting the course of justice and was released under strict bail conditions.

 

camera that missed airport killing

CCTV might have caught an alleged murder, but it had long been out of action. Neil Mercer reports.

MOMENTS after passenger Roger Whyte witnessed the killing of Anthony Zervas, a Hells Angels associate, at Sydney Airport, he turned to a security guard and, pointing to a bollard, said: ''This is the murder weapon … it is going to have the fingerprints of the perpetrators on it.''

The guard replied: ''Well, OK, but that's not such a problem because all of this would have been caught by the security cameras anyway.''

However, as a Supreme Court jury has heard, the fatal brawl between the Hells Angels and Commanchero bikies inside Australia's busiest air terminal - it arose out of a chance meeting between the two bikie gangs - was not captured at all.

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The reason? The security camera which could have recorded it was not working. Not only that, the jury has heard evidence from an airport employee that it had been out or order for ''at least two years''.

The evidence emerged during the trial of six members of the Commanchero motorcycle club charged with the murder of Mr Zervas, 29, on March 22 in 2009.

Mahmoud Hawi, 30, Christian Adam Menzies, 28, Farres Abounader, 29, Ishmail Eken, 28, Usama Potrus, 28, and Zoran Kisacanin, 24, have pleaded not guilty. They have also been charged with riot and four have been charged with affray. David Padovan, 27, a member of the Hells Angels, has been charged with riot and affray.

Ruth Margaret Culbert, a security officer employed by Sydney Night Patrol, told the jury that on the day of the brawl she was in the control room which monitored all alarms. She was aware of the location of the CCTV cameras. Some were fixed; others she could move in different directions.

Ms Culbert said a fixed camera pointed at the check-in counters in terminal 3 was not working on the day of the brawl. She told the Crown prosecutor Natalie Adams the camera ''had been faulted on many occasions''. Asked what she meant, she replied: ''As part of our duties in the control room, any cameras that are not working we fault report, the same as any infrastructure, any equipment that's not working in the terminal, we report to what's called ACAMS, which is the Qantas monitoring centre.''

Under cross-examination by defence lawyers, Ms Culbert said she had been working in the control room for four years ''and to my knowledge in that time it had been faulty''.

Question: Are you able to say how many years? Answer: At least two years, I believe.

She said the issue of the faulty camera had arisen in the days following the brawl. She did not think she had ever been asked by police about the camera.

''I don't think I was sort of asked officially by anyone,'' she said. ''It just came up in conversation that the camera was not working.''

Her colleague, Glenyse Margaret Kenaghan, who was also on duty on March 22, told the court she knew the camera in question had not been working ''for some time'' but she was not sure how long.

Ms Kenaghan said it was now working. Asked when it was repaired, she said: ''Last year, I think last year, no I'm not sure, sorry.''

Giving evidence on Friday, Ellen Clare Konza, a civilian crime scene officer with the NSW Police, agreed she had made measurements at the airport based on a map showing the ''black spot'' which the ''broken camera 403'' would have captured. But she said she was unable to say exactly where the black spot area started.

Mr Whyte told the court he and his wife were about to catch a flight when they saw the brawl. He had seen a man smaller than the rest of those involved being chased before falling to the floor. He was attacked ''by at least two people … I have a clear recollection of one of his assailants hitting him with a silver-coloured metal bollard, one of the bollards that was used to hold up the retaining tapes to make the queues for the check-in people, and a second person was kicking him from the side.''

The one holding the bollard was ''just stamping it straight downwards and I think onto the victim's head''.

After the fight, Mr Whyte said he had picked up the bollard and realised his fingerprints, and perhaps those of the perpetrators, were on it. A security guard had reassured him that it would have been caught on CCTV.

Another witness, Ian Allen, said he was at terminal 3 to catch a flight when he saw a group of about seven or eight men running down the road. ''I thought they looked like footballers having a bit of a lark around.''

The trial, at Parramatta, has already run for 27 days. A verdict is not expected until mid-September.

 

member of the Comanchero motorcycle gang has been charged with threatening to shoot a blackmail victim in Adelaide.

Friday, 8 July 2011


Crime Gangs Task Force officers arrested the 34-year-old man from Seacliff for blackmail and making unlawful threats between May and July this year, police said in a statement on Friday.

Police will allege the member of the gang's South Australian chapter threatened to shoot his victim while making demands for an outstanding debt.

They raided two properties earlier on Friday and seized "a number of items of interest" relating to the alleged offences.

The man was refused bail and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Friday.

19 arrested in Buckingham drug raids

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Police have arrested 19 people in connection with a drug trafficking ring in the Buckingham sector of Gatineau, just north of Cumberland, after an early-morning raid Thursday.

Searches were conducted in 10 residences on Buckingham Avenue, John F. Kennedy Road and Maple Road, among others in the neighbourhood. Police seized eight vehicles, cash, crack, cocaine, marijuana, and other illicit substances. They also dismantled a grow-op.

The 19 people arrested — 16 men and three women — face charges of drug trafficking, conspiracy to traffic drugs, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of drugs. They were to appear in court Thursday.

The operation was conducted by the Gatineau police with the collaboration of the MRC des Collines police, the street gang and biker gang units, and Sûreté du Québec.

The investigation will continue, and police expect additional arrests.

 

escalating conflict between the Rock Machine and Redlined motorcycle gangs.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Taft Crescent shooting, along with a number of other recent violent incidents, could be tied to an ongoing, apparently escalating conflict between the Rock Machine and Redlined motorcycle gangs.

It is also one police, in court documents, have been quietly warning could spill over onto Winnipeg streets for about two years now.

The 14-year-old victim of Monday’s shooting — which saw more than 20 shots slam into the front of a townhouse in the early morning — remains in hospital in stable condition.

A bullet from a large-calibre gun struck the teen in the lower body, but police said he wasn’t targeted and was “caught in the crossfire.”

Investigators are also continuing to investigate two other house-shooting incidents from last week that are linked to the same gang feud, said Const. Jason Michalyshen.

Michalyshen added the seriousness of the situation has prompted the force to take swift action to try and ensure cooler heads prevail.

“We’re closely monitoring these situations ... these incidents are happening in quiet communities.... The impact this is having on families, young people, is something that all members of the public need to be aware of,” he said.

“From our perspective, it’s escalated enough.”

He declined to state what measures police are taking to try and suppress the violence, saying it would be “bad advertising” to discuss operational tactics.

“It’s very serious. It’s important that members of the public trust in us that we are out there.”

Michalyshen asked the public to report all suspicious activity. “In light of what’s taken place, we will be dispatching ... numerous resources,” he said.

loaded, sawed-off rifle was found lying in a residential Winnipeg neighbourhood after possibly being used in an ongoing biker war,

A loaded, sawed-off rifle was found lying in a residential Winnipeg neighbourhood after possibly being used in an ongoing biker war, the Free Press has learned.
Sources confirmed the weapon was discovered last Wednesday on Kingston Row by a woman who promptly turned it over to police. It is undergoing forensic testing as part of the ongoing probe into several recent shootings and firebombings in the city.
The revelation came on the same day a high-profile Rock Machine member was freed from jail.
Jean Paul Beaumont was granted bail on Tuesday with several conditions, including a cash surety and curfew. Provincial court Associate Chief Judge Mary Kate Harvie imposed a publication ban on the proceedings, including her reasons for the decision.
Beaumont, 38, is the sergeant-at-arms of the Rock Machine biker gang. He was arrested last week for allegedly breaching conditions of his previous bail and probation, including a curfew and driving prohibition.
Winnipeg police spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said Tuesday the public needs to be aware of the gang conflict taking place in Winnipeg, including in quiet residential communities. But Michalyshen urged Winnipeggers not to develop a "paranoid, look over your shoulder" mentality, as police have made the conflict a top priority.
"We do, as a service, acknowledge there are conflicts or a conflict between two outlaw motorcycle gangs in the city of Winnipeg. We're aware of that. We're closely monitoring these situations and are concerned about these matters," said Michalyshen. "I can assure you, we're not taking this lightly. The last thing we want is for this to escalate further. These incidents are occurring in quiet communities."
The Hells Angels formed the Redlined Support Crew last year to stand up to other criminal networks that might muscle in on their former drug turf after many of their members were arrested and jailed following a trio of recent undercover police operations. At the top of that list was the Rock Machine, which waged war with the Hells Angels in Quebec during the 1990s but only recently has had much of a presence in Manitoba.
On June 27, a member of the Redlined gang had a "flare" shot through the window of his Elmwood-area home, according to a police source. The following night, two homes linked to members of the Rock Machine were shot up. On June 29, Rock Machine president Joseph Strachan had the St. Vital home he shares with his parents hit by gunfire and Molotov cocktails.
Last November, Daniel Kachkan, a former high-ranking associate of the Hells Angels, was shot "execution-style" inside his own home.
No arrests have been made in the slaying, which was believed to have been connected to Kachkan's alleged role in a previous homicide.
However, police distributed an internal memo around the time of the killing, warning members of the Rock Machine motorcycle gang are believed to be armed and may be planning attacks against those affiliated with the Hells Angels.
Progressive Conservative justice critic Kelvin Goertzen said Tuesday the latest wave of violence is a sign the provincial NDP government is losing the battle with voters when it comes to fighting crime.
"We've seen the NDP announce 11 gang strategies in 11 years, but the gang problem has steadily grown under their watch," Goertzen said in a statement.
"The NDP have failed to provide the needed support to Winnipeg's gang unit or to monitor known gang members, and we are seeing the results again this summer. Only a change in government will give Manitobans any hope that gangs and violent crime will be tackled."

President of the Rock Machine residence hit with gunfire and Molotov cocktails

Monday, 4 July 2011

 two feuding biker gangs looking to fill the void caused by the collapse of the Hell Angels.
Two incidents in the past week highlighted escalating tensions between members of the local Rock Machine and Redlined Crew.
Police were called to a home on Stranmillis Avenue in St. Vital early Wednesday after reports of shots fired and smoke inside the residence. Sources told the Free Press the parents of the current president of the Rock Machine own the residence. It was hit with gunfire and Molotov cocktails. There were no injuries and no arrests have been made.
The attack is believed to be a continuation of a drive-by shooting of a home on Canberra Road early Tuesday. That residence is also linked to a Rock Machine member. There were also no injuries or arrests.
"The evidence that we do have to date suggests that it looks like it's two opposing motorcycle clubs that have been involved in different incidents in the last week," Winnipeg Police Service spokeswoman Const. Natalie Aitken said.
Police said the Hells Angels created the Redlined Crew last year to stand up to other criminal networks that might muscle in on their former drug turf after many of their members were arrested and jailed following a trio of recent undercover police operations.
At the top of that list was the Rock Machine, which waged war with the Hells Angels in Quebec during the 1990s but has never had much of a presence in Manitoba until recently.
Police said the Redlined Crew made their first big impression in early 2010 when they allegedly attacked a member of the Rock Machine.
The victim required emergency surgery. He has not been co-operative with police and so far no charges have been laid. Multiple sources have told the Free Press the Rock Machine have been slowly gaining power in the province, with some former Hells Angels associates even joining their ranks in recent months.
Last November, a former high-ranging associate of the Hells Angels was shot "execution-style" inside his own home. No arrests have been made in the slaying of Daniel Kachkan, which was believed to have been connected to Kachkan's alleged role in a previous homicide.
However, police began distributing an internal memo around the time of the killing, warning that members of the Rock Machine motorcycle gang are believed to be armed and may be planning attacks against those affiliated with the Hells Angels.
Aitken said Thursday officers from the organized crime unit are "dedicated and responding" in investigating the incidents. Police are treating the incidents seriously and are looking at connections to any other crimes.
"When we have these types of incidents with individuals who are arming themselves, in this case, either with firearms, or other weapons of choice, that's something that the police service is taking very seriously, and is working as quickly as we can to locate and apprehend any individuals who would be responsible," said Aitken.

Eleven members of the Hells Angels were stopped by police, Immigration and Customs from attending the motorbike gang's 50th anniversary celebrations in Auckland

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Eleven members of the Hells Angels were stopped by police, Immigration and Customs from attending the motorbike gang's 50th anniversary celebrations in Auckland this weekend.

Police made their presence felt last night at the Mt Eden street where the Hells Angels Mt Eden headquarters is located.

Those attending the party had to give their names and details as well as having their photos taken with their vehicles.

Several infringement notices were written out for driving offences and two people had their licences suspended.

One gang member's motorcycle was seized and three others were written off the road.

Earlier that week, residents received a letter alerting them to the party .

Police said they knew of the international visitors after intercepting an email at the Hells Angels headquarters in December last year.

Addressed to Hells Angels chapters worldwide, the email gave its members instructions on methods to avoid detection by the law and border security.

Police discovered the email during the raid last year, as well as arresting two of the Hells Angels gang on drugs charges.

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"The operation to identify and intervene with international travellers was the direct result of an email located during a search of the Hells Angels Headquarters in December last year," said Detective Inspector Grant Wormald of the Organised and Financial Crime Agency (OFCANZ).

Wormald said two were denied visas offshore, seven were offloaded in their own countries, and two landed in New Zealand but were refused entry.

"The multi-agency approach meant that we were able to prevent some notorious gang members from entering New Zealand," he said.

Wormald said these people are organised criminals with long histories, and OFCANZ does not want them here networking and strengthening ties with their New Zealand counterparts.

Another police operation in Nelson this year yield up further evidence of the Hells Angels network.

The Red Devils, who were closely aligned to the Hells Angels, had plans to become the first Hells Angels Chapter in the South Island.

However the entire group were arrested on drugs, weapons and criminal group charges.

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