Thu
06
Oct
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Bike gangs make resurgence in NZ - expert

A Kiwi criminologist believes the police can't stop gangs from forming, but says they still have a crucial role in preventing them from stepping "out of line".

Gang expert Jarrod Gilbert made the comments to Paul Henry on Thursday morning, after it was revealed that the Bandidos Gang was likely to be behind a $17 million meth haul which was seized on Wednesday.

"The police back in 2010 said they were going to stop the Rebels [Motorcycle Club] forming, and they've said similar things about other clubs, like the Red Devils in Nelson, and they've failed to do that," he said.

"That's because they perhaps don't have the ability to do that - but what they do have the ability to do is police these groups when they step out of line, when they upset the gang-community balance - when they do things that the community finds unacceptable."

Wed
05
Oct
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$17 million of meth seized in Bandidos bust

 

Around 17 kilograms of methamphetamine, with a street value of $17 million, has been seized following a joint investigation by Counties Manukau Police and Customs.

Operation Cossack was a seven-month joint operation into the alleged importing of methamphetamine by a member of the Thailand Chapter of the Bandidos Motor Cycle Gang.
Along with the drugs, approximately $150,000 of recently purchased jewellery and $200,000 cash were also recovered.

Three people have now been arrested and charged with importing methamphetamine, supplying methamphetamine and money laundering.

Detective Senior Sergeant Albie Alexander of the Counties Manukau Organised Crime Unit says the drugs recovered were destined for the New Zealand market.

Sun
25
Sep
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Drug sting: Hairdresser tells of 'rumours'

A hairdresser facing charges in connection with an alleged celebrity cocaine sting in Auckland says the charges are just "rumours" - but his lawyer has confirmed his client will be in court.

The hairdresser, a fashion designer - who both have name suppression - and a senior Hells Angel gang member were the three original targets in Operation Ceviche which led to the seizure of 760g of cocaine, worth $300,000, and $81,000 cash in late August.

Police allege each of the trio were running their own "mini drug supply networks" and among the 13 other people arrested were a male model, a plumber, a clothing distributor and a film production assistant.

Among the alleged cocaine clientele is a stockbroker, a senior music executive, the boss of a large company, a recruitment agency owner, the husband of a TV actress and a personal trainer.

They are named in court documents but have not been charged.

Some also had their hair cut at his salon.

Fri
23
Sep
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Body found in Northland confirmed as missing gang member Kimble Moore

The body found in rural Northland on Thursday has been confirmed as 48-year-old Kimble Moore.

Moore, a patched member of the Tribesmen Motorcycle Club, had been missing since March 17 and police last month upgraded the investigation into his disappearance to a homicide.

A police spokeswoman said on Friday afternoon that officers' thoughts were with Moore's family.

"We hope that they will get some degree of comfort knowing that they will now be able to bring their whanau member home."

Fri
22
Jul
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Police raid Rebels Motorcycle Club's temporary base in Christchurch

The Rebels Motorcycle Club has set up a temporary base at a Christchurch home, after it was forced out of its old warehouse headquarters last month.

Police raided a property in Aranui on Wednesday and found furnishings from the old gang pad crammed into a bedroom.

They also seized a cut-down shotgun and a .22 rifle.

The Rebels' gang pad in Vagues Rd, Christchurch, before it was abandoned last month.
 

The Rebels' gang pad in Vagues Rd, Christchurch, before it was abandoned last month.

 

Two members of the Rebels were at the property.

Mon
20
Jun
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Judge admonishes gang members at sentencing

Gangs are totally unacceptable in society and those who choose to be a part of it cannot drag the rest with them.

These comments were made by Judge John McDonald in the Whangarei District Court while sending two men with gang links to jail for stealing two cars from a farm.

Carlos Hemara, 24, and Armand Pene, 30, earlier pleaded guilty to one charge of robbery in relation to forcibly taking two cars from a Mangakahia Rd farm on June 7, 2014.

The duo are members of the Rebels motorcycle gang and both were jailed for three years and four months for their crime.

On the morning of June 7, Judge McDonald said, both men and two associates arrived at a farm on Mangakahia Rd where a Subaru that belonged to the property owners was parked.

Another man, not related to the gang members and associates, arrived in his Honda Accord. After a brief chat with him, Hemara grabbed his keys.

Sun
17
Apr
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Mass motorbike gang causes traffic jams in Bethlehem

A gathering of more than 100 Outlaw Motorcycle Gang members, believed to be attending a memorial service at Te Wairoa Marae, triggered a large police operation in Bethlehem during the weekend which caused major traffic jams.

The road policing operation caused traffic congestion and delays along State Highway 2 on Saturday morning but Senior Sergeant Denis Murphy said the police were not apologetic.

While the delays to other motorists and road users were "unfortunate", the police made "no apology for policing gangs".

A large gathering of motorcycle gang members prompted a major police operation. Photo / Andrew Warner

A large gathering of motorcycle gang members prompted a major police operation. Photo / Andrew Warner

Fri
16
May
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Rival gangs band together to cook up drugs

Rival motorcycle gangs are working together to cook and supply millions of dollars worth of methamphetamine across the country.

  • Money and jewellery from Head Hunters in previous raid. (Source: ONE News)
    Money and jewellery from Head Hunters in previous raid. - Source: ONE News

Police believe they have uncovered a partnership between the Red Devils and the Head Hunters during a major organised crime investigation dubbed Operation Genoa. Investigators have also seized a custom-made mobile meth lab near Auckland, which they believe was being used by rival gangs to manufacture and supply drugs.

Mon
05
May
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Gang boosts links with Hells Angels

Nelson's Red Devils have moved a step closer to becoming an official chapter of the Hells Angels gang, and can wear its insignia, a gang researcher says.

Canterbury University sociologist Jarrod Gilbert posted on his blog this week that the move was "entirely predictable", after the Red Devils served a mandatory period as an associate group.

Gilbert, author of Patched: The History of Gangs in New Zealand, said the Red Devils had become a "hang around chapter" of the Hells Angels and had been given leave to wear some Hells Angels insignia.

In time they would become an official chapter, joining others in Auckland and Whanganui.

Gilbert said the addition of the Hells Angels "brand" in Nelson was likely to boost those wanting to join.

The Red Devils were formed in Nelson in 2009. Apart from their president, a former Road Knights president from Timaru, none had been in an outlaw club before, Gilbert said.

Mon
05
May
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Nelson bikie gang becomes Hell's Angels chapter

File photo / Herald On Sunday

File photo / Herald On Sunday

Police are refusing to comment on revelations that notorious motorcycle gang the Hells Angels have patched over a Nelson bikie gang.

In its latest New Zealand expansion move, the infamous group has allowed the Red Devils motorcycle club of Nelson to become a "hang around" chapter, according to sociologist and gangs expert Dr Jarrod Gilbert.

"This move was entirely predictable," said Dr Gilbert writes in his new blog.

"The Red Devils' links to the Hells Angels are well known, and having served a mandatory period as an associate group, they have been given leave to wear some identifying Hells Angels insignia."

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