Rival bikie gangs working together to distribute drugs in Adelaide, police say following bust

Adelaide's bikie drug trade has been disrupted, and a dozen people arrested, in a major operation involving state and Australian Federal Police (AFP), and other authorities.

Police searched 22 properties this week and seized more than 11,000 tablets of MDMA, as well as various quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine and cannabis.

Knuckledusters, a shotgun and a machete were among the weapons seized, along with five vehicles.

Police said the 12 men arrested were "responsible for the drug distribution networks" of the Hells Angels, Gypsy Jokers, Descendants and Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gangs.

"This is not the end of it. This is very much about disrupting their business model," SA Police Assistant Commissioner Scott Duval said.

"These men were arrested on Wednesday and Thursday in a series of coordinated efforts, with police also seizing methylamphetamine, ecstasy, cocaine, cannabis and some weapons."


Warlocks biker testifies he needed protection at time of weapons raid

A former member of the Drayton Valley chapter of the Warlocks motorcycle club on trial for weapon and drug possession testified Thursday that he only joined the gang out of fear for his life.

Dean McKnight, 44, took the stand to answer questions that his lawyer told the court revealed his “state of mind” when police carried out a raid on his residence and vehicles. He was arrested on March 21, 2014 in Drayton Valley after police obtained permission to execute a search warrant on McKnight’s residence and vehicles amid concerns about heightening tensions between the Warlocks and two other groups — the Hells Angels and its “puppet” club the Dirty Few.

At the time, investigators said they seized a loaded handgun, six rifles, 273 rounds of ammunition, one kilogram of marijuana, 200 prescription pills and more than $6,000 in cash.


Prosecutor: Robbing a biker of his vest sparked brawl, fatal shootout

(Video)--One biker gang’s wresting an adorned vest from the president of another motorcycle club triggered the Columbus bar brawl and 2015 shootout that killed one man and wounded three others, a prosecutor told jurors in the murder trial of three men accused of gang violence.

Assistant District Attorney Ray Daniel said the Strikers club was holding a meet and greet Oct. 9, 2015, at the 4th Quarter Sports Bar, 6969 Macon Road, when around 11:20 p.m. a group affiliated with the Outcast Motorcycle Club arrived, led by defendant Daginald Wheeler.

Their aim was to teach the Strikers to seek the Outcast gang’s approval before hosting such events, Daniel said.

He said surveillance video from the bar showed Wheeler conferring with his black-clad followers before they split up, with some of the armed bikers going to the rear of the bar while others went in the door.


Funeral Harley nabbed for hooning

Following a funeral earlier this week, an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang member was observed riding dangerously near the Thorak Cemetery gates.

Yesterday, members from the Gangs Taskforce attended the Hells Angels clubhouse in Girraween. A Harley-Davidson Night Rod was subsequently seized for 48 hours under the anti-hooning legislation.

The 27-year-old rider was also issued with an infringement notice.

“It’s disappointing that following a funeral, riders would choose to operate a vehicle in such a dangerous manner,” Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Crispin Gargan said.

“This kind of behaviour shows an utter disregard for public safety,” he said.


Judge reserves sentencing decision for Hells Angel Rob Allen convicted of cocaine trafficking

Conviction resulted from massive police investigation known as Project Forseti

A judge has reserved his sentencing decision for Hells Angel Rob Allen who was convicted of cocaine trafficking in February.

The conviction of the 36-year-old resulted from the massive police investigation known as Project Forseti. More than a dozen homes and businesses were raided across Alberta and Saskatchewan. Drugs, weapons and cash were seized. Dozens of charges were laid.


Biker claims self-defense in fatal 2015 gang shootout at Macon Road bar

One of three men charged with murder in what police say was a motorcycle gang shootout at a Macon Road sports bar testified he fired in self-defense after he was threatened.

Demark Ponder was seeking immunity from prosecution for acting in self-defense when he took the witness stand Tuesday in Judge Bobby Peters’ court. He and two others are charged in the Oct. 9, 2015, fatal shooting of Dominic Mitchell at the 4th Quarter Sports Bar, 6969 Macon Road.

Ponder, 48, said he was a pledge or probationary member of the Outcast motorcycle club when he joined seven others in a ride to the bar, where a brawl broke out inside.

He could not see what caused the fight, he said: “It was kind of dark in there, poorly lit.”

It was during this brawl that a man he didn’t know pointed a gun at him and threatened to shoot, calling him a racial slur. “I’m going to kill you, n----r,’ he said the man told him.


Motorcyle clubs tied to Leesburg shooting have violent history, police say

Court records show the two motorcycle clubs police say were involved in a shooting in Leesburg over the weekend have been tied to serious crimes in Florida and around the nation, including murder, drug trafficking and fraud.

Two men — one who police say has ties to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club and the other to the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club — were injured in the gunfire Saturday.

The clubs’ websites and Facebook pages brag about their members in prison with nicknames such as “Big Jim,” “Cowboy” and “Crazy Joe.”

They call themselves “one percenters,” meaning they think 99 percent of motorcycle clubs are law-abiding but do not consider themselves subject to the law.

According to the FBI, the Outlaws have 1,700 members and about 180 chapters worldwide, including in Orlando and Osceola County.


Bandidos accused of conspiracy, racketeering set to go on trial in 2018

SAN ANTONIO - Several members of the motorcycle club known as the Bandidos appeared before a federal judge on Monday morning to face conspiracy, racketeering and organized crime charges.

The trial against the defendants was initially set for August of 2017, but a federal judge ruled in January that several defense attorneys would be removed from the case due to allegations of unprofessional involvement.

Six members of the Bandidos appeared on Monday. All are charged with various crimes, including racketeering, conspiracy and organized crime.

A judge set the trial date for sometime next February.


Outlaws, Kingsmen motorcycle clubs involved in Leesburg shootout that left 2 injured, records show

A dispute between members of the Outlaws and Kingsmen motorcycle clubs led to a shootout Saturday that left two men injured in Leesburg, according to records.

The shooting happened as members from both clubs started arguing about 8 p.m. at a Circle K gas station at 3300 W. Main Street. Guns were drawn and two men were shot, both three times each, police said.

About three miles east of the shooting, Leesburg was hosting its largest event — Leesburg Bikefest — in its downtown area. The event was expected to bring more than 200,000 bikers to the Lake County city.

The injured men have been identified as David Donovan, 41, and Marc Knotts, 48. Police say one of the men was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time of the shooting.


New 'snitch' allegations rock federal biker case

When the U.S. Attorney's Office indicted 91 alleged members and associates of Detroit's Highwaymen Motorcycle Club on allegations of racketeering, drug trafficking, theft and murder for hire, a central thread in the case was gang leader Aref (Steve) Nagi's attempts to root out suspected snitches.

Nagi's preoccupation with informants inside the storied and homegrown motorcycle gang — whose violent history is credited with keeping the Hells Angels out of Detroit — was evident in his rambling, late-night phone conversations, which were secretly recorded by the FBI and introduced as evidence at the 2010 trial in federal court in Detroit.

And when the FBI raided the Highwaymen's Michigan Avenue clubhouse in southwest Detroit in 2007, they discovered a photograph of one of their two confidential informants —with  the word "rat" scrawled in black marker across his face.

The case sent more than 30 Highwaymen to prison —- many, including Nagi, for lengthy sentences.


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