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Black Uhlans Clubhouse raid shuts down Albury meeting place

A RAID on the Black Uhlans clubhouse in Albury on Friday was the biggest one conducted to date and will shut down the venue indefinitely.

Strike Force Raptor, made up of Albury LAC, Victorian Police and Australian Federal Police stormed the Townsend Street property about 6pm Friday.

Four of 20 members present were issued Field Court Attendance Notices for drug and liquor offences.

Detective Chief Inspector David Cottee said police would use powers under the Restrictive Premises Act, Liquor Act and the Environmental Protection Act to curb outlaw activity.

“We seized the alcohol and anything related to its sale or distribution including furniture, bars, bar stools and drinking glasses,” he said.

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Rebels bikie's act of rape was 'at lower end of seriousness', lawyer says

The rape of a woman inside the Rebels motorcycle gangs' clubhouse was at the "lower end of seriousness" for the crime, a lawyer has told the Hobart Supreme Court.

A 33-year-old bikie was found guilty of raping the woman in October 2013 inside the gangs' Letitia Street clubrooms in North Hobart.

The 28-year-old victim told the court she had considered the man a friend before the rape.

She said she had since considered taking her own life.

"I am a young woman. This is not the way I envisioned my life would be," she said.

"I trusted the rapist and considered him my friend. I could not have been more wrong ... [he] treated me as nothing more than dirty, useless rubbish."

The court heard the man had no prior convictions for a serious crime.

Lawyer Garth Stevens said his client was associated with the Rebels for almost a decade because of his love of motorbikes and charity work.

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Senior Rebels OMCG member charged with drug and weapons offences - Wagga Wagga

A Sergeant-at-Arms of the ‘Rebels’ outlaw motorcycle gang has been charged with drug and weapons offences at Wagga Wagga.

 

As part of Operation Swiftblade, a high-visibility policing strategy targeting activities of outlaw motorcycle gangs in Southern Region, officers from Wagga Wagga Local Area Command commenced an investigation into drug supply in the local area.

 

Just after midday today (Saturday 7 May 2016), local police, assisted by Strike Force Raptor, arrested a 48-year-old man outside a residence on Chifley Crescent, Kooringal.

 

Following a search of a home, in accordance with a Firearms Prohibition Order, officers located and seized a stun gun, and a knife.

 

In addition, officers seized a bag of white powder, which is believed to be amphetamine, for forensic analysis.

 

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'Mom' Boucher court appearance moved to secure courthouse

Ex-biker gang chief stands accused of conspiring to murder high-ranking mafioso

The upcoming court appearances of ex-Hells Angels chief Maurice "Mom" Boucher have been moved to a secure courthouse in Montreal. 

Boucher had initially been scheduled to appear at a courthouse in Longueuil, Que., south of Montreal.

He is accused of conspiring to murder Raynald Desjardins, a high-ranking Mafia member.

But a Quebec Superior Court Justice Marco LaBrie on Friday granted a request by Crown prosecutors to have the preliminary hearings moved to Montreal's Gouin courthouse, which has an underground tunnel to the nearby Bordeaux prison. 

 

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Police believe rival 'Hells Angels' biker gangs behind Frankfurt shooting

Police are extending their search for members of rival biker gangs believed to be responsible for a shooting in Frankfurt on Thursday. Two men were left seriously injured.
 

Two people were seriously injured on Thursday night in the center of Frankfurt when shots were fired from a car with a "Recalling Hells Angels" plaque on it, near the Friedrich-Stoltze Square. The area was busy as locals enjoyed the Ascension Day holiday.

Rivalries between various "Hells Angels" biker gangs are believed to be the cause of the violence.

"We assume that there was a dispute between bikers," Nadia Niesen, spokesperson for the Frankfurt prosecutor's office said on Friday.

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Police serve search warrants at Gypsy Joker Motorcycle Clubhouse in 2015 homicide case

Detectives served a search warrant at the Gypsy Joker Motorcycle Club's clubhouse Friday morning as part of a homicide investigation from last year.

Six people were indicted last week in the man's death.

Loggers found the body of Robert Lee Huggins, 56, last July in Ridgefield, Washington - about 25 miles north of Portland. He died from multiple blunt and sharp-force injuries.

Detectives haven't released many details surrounding the case, citing their ongoing investigation.

Police arrested four men with ties to the motorcycle club on murder charges. Two other people were charged with hindering prosecution.

State Police SWAT and the Washington County Sheriff's Office helped Portland Police homicide detectives serve a search warrant Friday morning at the Gypsy Joker's clubhouse near NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Fremont Street.

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New Details in Fatal Iron Order-Mongols Motorcycle Expo Brawl: "F*ck Him Up"

Last month, as we reported, the Denver District Attorney's Office announced that it would not be filing any charges in the January brawl during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo at the National Western complex even though one person was killed and a number of others were injured.

Now, as if to prove that the DA's office didn't make this decision lightly, authorities have released a 195-page report (see it below) outlining the investigation in extraordinarily minute detail.

Despite all of this documentation, the inquiry was clearly hobbled by a lack of cooperation from the Mongols, one of the two motorcycle clubs involved in the chaos — and the MC with which the dead man, Victor Mendoza, was affiliated.

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I-Team: Uncovering the Tampa Bay firefighters who run with criminal motorcycle gangs

When organized crime groups, civil service collide

TAMPA - The Department of Justice officially lists seven major motorcycle gangs (MCs) as “criminal enterprises” nationwide. The Outlaws and Pagans top that list and frequent national headlines with their involvement in drug trafficking, arson — and even organized murder

Both of these notorious MCs have members who live on salaries paid for by the taxpayers of Tampa Bay. While not suspected of any criminal activity themselves, firefighter captains in Pasco and Hillsborough counties aren’t just members in their local MC chapters — but serve as recognized leaders.

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Denver Police: Stairwell dispute starts motorcycle expo fight

DENVER - An argument over a claim to a stairwell led to a deadly shooting between two motorcycle club in Denver on January 30 where the motorcycle expo was being held at the National Western Complex.

9NEWS received a 195-page Denver Police report on the shooting where one man was shot and killed, four had been shot, one stabbed and two were assaulted. 

The shooting involved two motorcycle clubs, the Iron Order and the Mongols.

According to the report, the shooting happened over the Mongols laying claim to a stairwell just south of their booth.

According to the report, Iron Order members were standing on the stairwell and the landing.

Victor Mendoza, 46, died in that shooting. He was a member of the Mongols club.

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Heavy police presence at court for appearance of biker gang leader

The man believed to be the leader of a resurrected biker gang appeared briefly in a courtroom in L’Orignal on firearms charges Monday.

Jean-François Émard, 39, is believed to be the boss of the Rock Machine, bikers who fought a bitter and bloody war with the Hells Angels in the 1990s. Émard was joined in court by Pascal Carrier, 47, who also faces firearms charges. 

At the courthouse, the two were surrounded by heavy police security including a dog sniffing for explosives.

The pair were arrested in Casselman Friday night after an altercation at a bar.

Émard is a large, muscular man with short hair and tattoos along his right arm. He has a large tattoo with the symbol “1%” on his neck — a symbol often used by bikers who identify themselves as the small fraction of society that doesn’t follow its rules.

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