After lengthy surveillance, police claim to have smashed a biker crime gang in the Hills and Hawkesbury areas allegedly responsible for the large-scale manufacturer of amphetamines. The drugs were distribution along the entire eastern seaboard of Australia.
Five members or associates of outlaw motorcycle gangs have been charged with drug offences following the joint operation in Sydney's North-West.
It follows a five-month investigation by the Australian Crime Commission and the NSW Police Forces State Crime Command Drug Squad of a semi-rural address at Annangrove raided on Wednesday morning where an alleged large-scale drug manufacturing laboratory was uncovered.
During the searches, police claim they located another suspected clandestine laboratory, chemicals and drug manufacturing equipment as well as more than $130,000 in cash, two shotguns, a handgun and a quantity of ammunition. A 43-year-old man was initially arrested but four others were arrested later at separate addresses from Winston Hills to Vineyard.
As a result of yesterday's operation, police have charged four men, aged 50, 48, 27 and 57, with manufacturing a commercial quantity of prohibited drug and possessing precursor intended for manufacture/production. They were all refused bail to appear in Parramatta Local Court today.
The man, 43, has been charged with two counts of possessing a prohibited drug, possession of instructions for the manufacture of prohibited drugs and firearms offences, including possession of an unregistered firearm. He was conditionally bailed to appear in Parramatta Local Court on February 14.
Large numbers of police will shadow the club's "Good As Gold Poker Run" south of Brisbane tomorrow, vowing to crack down on "blatant life-endangering offences" such as speeding and running red lights en masse. - But leading civil libertarian Terry O'Gorman, who along with three lawyer colleagues is engaged by the bikies to act as observers, said the club would co...