Feared outlaw bikie club moves into East Devonport

An outlaw bikie club has purchased an old plaster warehouse at East Devonport for its new Mersey River chapter headquarters.

Assistant Police Commissioner Tony Cerritelli confirmed the police were aware the Bandidos bought the property at 122 David Street and were busy converting it to a clubhouse to establish more of a presence here. 

Clubhouse: Outlaw motorcycle gang the Bandidos have bought an old plaster warehouse at East Devonport to establish a new headquarters for its "probationary chapter".

Clubhouse: Outlaw motorcycle gang the Bandidos have bought an old plaster warehouse at East Devonport to establish a new headquarters for its "probationary chapter".

“Police are aware of building works being undertaken and are actively interacting with the known persons involved,” Mr Cerritelli said. 

“The group recently progressed to a ‘probationary chapter’ (understood to have five members) following an event attended by national members, including the national president. This event was the subject of a police operation which resulted in associates being charged with driving offences and drug driving offences. We will continue to hold them to account for any criminal and unlawful activity.”

Mr Cerritelli said as the building’s in a residential area, the occupier needs to comply with the same regulations of licencing and noise as anyone else. He said there is no legal impediment to setting up OMCG club houses. Mr Cerritelli said OMCGs were involved in violence, drugs, firearms and other activities. “They are criminal organisations with business models designed to profit from illegal activities, particularly illicit drugs. The Bandidos OMCG have been disrupted, but they continue to attempt to establish themselves in the area.” 

Mr Cerritelli said local Bandidos and their associates were charged with offences including serious drug offences instigated by the Serious Organised Crime Unit last year.

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