Friday, 30 March 2012

Mokbel's former girlfriend bashed

 

Drug boss Tony Mokbel's former lover has been bashed by a balaclava-clad man who chased her through a Melbourne cafe. The woman was hit with either a bar or a tool outside the Essendon cafe on Friday morning, police said. She was then chased back through the cafe by the man, who was wearing a dark-coloured balaclava, and the assault continued inside. Police said the victim was a Port Melbourne woman aged in her 40s. Media reports say the woman is Danielle McGuire, who is Mokbel's former de facto partner and has a child with him. Detective Senior Constable Andrew Porter said the victim was a regular at the cafe, but would not say if she was targeted. "Police aren't sure of a motive at this stage. We can't say whether it is random or something that she has been targeted," he told reporters. "She was hit with an unknown object, either a bar or some similar tool to the head and to the arm." Det Sen Const Porter said nothing was stolen from the victim, nor was anything said to her during the attack. The woman was treated by ambulance officers for minor injuries. Ms McGuire was recently seen by the hospital bedside of injured Bandidos enforcer Toby Mitchell. Mr Mitchell was shot outside a Brunswick gym in November.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Comanchero bikie boss Mark Buddle slapped, choked and 'threatened to slit' girlfriend's throat,

 

THE girlfriend of Comanchero bikie boss Mark Buddle has told police he slapped, choked and threatened to "slit'' her throat because he thought she was cheating on him. Documents tendered to Central Local Court yesterday allege she endured  two and half hours of abuse by  Buddle in the couple's Clovelly flat with their 11 month old daughter present. Buddle, 27,  was charged with  two counts of  being armed with intent to commit indictable offence, one count of assault and one of affray. Melanie Terwisscha, 27,  alleges she was woken by Buddle about 3am on Tuesday morning when he said they needed to talk.   She went back to sleep and woke about  5.30am to feed her baby. It was then, she told police he followed her into the lounge room and began asking her the "usual questions'' and started to swear. "Have you been cheating on me,'' he asked. When she denied the allegation things escalated,  the statement said. He slapped her across the back of the head and  grabbed her by the throat until she couldn't breathe. Ms Terwisscha alleges Buddle threaten to kill her and her family, "I told you never f.... with me, I will  f....ing kill you. I'll kill your whole family.'' She said their 11 month old daughter was crying throughout the entire time. Buddle, the National President of the Comanchero bikie gang  walked into the kitchen and returned with a large black handled silver carving knife approximately 30cm in length. He licked the blade and said he would "'slit your f... throat. You have been playing around on me like a gronk. You think I wouldn't find out, I find out everything.'' Police then allege the victims sister, Amy Terwisscha received a phone call saying  the accused had "beat the sh.. out of Melissa." She told police she went to the flat in Clovelly where she also lived and saw Buddle kick her sister in the stomach with his left foot while the couple were in the bedroom. The pair went out of sight and then she  heard was her sister say: "Please don't stab me.  Please don't stab me.'' Amy said Melissa told her later he had tried to stab her with a pen and stomp on her head. Amy went to the nearby  Clovelly hotel and rang police who later arrested Buddle on Coogee Bay road. Mr Avni Djemal  appearing for Buddle said his client was not a flight risk and the victims father had contacted him saying he believed Mr Buddle  was no threat to his daughter,. He also said the alleged victim had not signed statement about the allegations. Mr Djemal said Ms Terwisscha was living with her father at Pendle Hill.   He said the victims father had in fact gone surety for Mr Buddle's bail on an unrelated matter. "Mr Buddle is also in the process of acquiring two concrete pumps and has several pending contracts.'' He said for this reason and the fact he gave financial support to his mother and daughter he was not a flight riosk. The court also heard Buddle was diagnosed  with Bi-polar disorder and was on prescription drugs including valium. He claimed he had been denied access to the drugs while in police custody. Magistrate Julie Hurber refused bail saying she was not satisfied the accused was not a risk to the allege victim or that he was not a flight risk. She ordered he be allowed to have his prescribed  medicine and ordered he appear in Waverley court on April 16.

Police dismantle Notorious bikie gang

 

1700 bikies have been arrested and more than 3800 charges laid during a three-year operation that also dismantled the Notorious outlaw motorcycle gang. The NSW Police Gang's Squad launched Strike Force Raptor in March 2009 in response to escalating violence between rival bikie gangs. Police say a total of 1696 people were arrested and charged with 3857 offences including riot and affray, assault causing grievous bodily harm, assaulting police and manufacturing prohibited drugs. Also seized were 387 firearms, $2.2 million in cash and numerous illegal drugs, while four clandestine laboratories were put out of business. Police say the Notorious gang, responsible for many public shootings and other criminal activities, was also dismantled as a direct result of their operations. "This has been a highly-successful operation and the results demonstrate the need for us to keep the pressure on outlaw motorcycle gangs and their associates," commander of the Gangs Squad, Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, said in a statement.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

POLICE have swooped on a convoy of Hells Angel bikies as they arrived on the Gold Coast this afternoon as part of the outlaw gang's national run.

Highway Patrol and motorcycle police pulled over about 50 bikies shortly after they crossed the border into Queensland.

The convoy of about 100 bikes roared in to the tourist strip about 2pm after earlier stops at Byron Bay and Bangalow.

 

Hells Angels Gold Coast run March 23
Hells Angels bikies arrive on the Gold Coast as part of their national run. Bikies arrive at Tweed Heads.
Source: The Courier-Mail

 

They will stay in Surfers Paradise over the weekend.

The procession passed two police command posts where dozens of officers had been waiting for their arrival.

A police escort followed the bikies once they passed Sexton Hill, just south of the Queensland border.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Hells Angel bikie charged over handgun in car

 

Police say they have charged a senior member of the Hells Angels bikie gang after finding a gun and cash in his car in Sydney's south-west. The 26-year-old was one of four men in the car when it was stopped and searched by officers on the Hume Highway at Campbelltown late on Friday night. Police allegedly found a loaded .45-calibre pistol and a large sum of cash in the car. The men initially denied owning the handgun and were allowed to leave. But after forensic examination of the gun, police attended the man's Merryland's home yesterday and arrested him. Officers allegedly also found 470 grams of cannabis in the man's house and more in his car. He has been charged with a string of weapons and drug offences and is being held in custody ahead of a court appearance today.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Guns, cash seized in Perth bikie raid

 

Police have seized guns, drugs and $400,000 in cash in a raid on the home of a Comancheros bikie gang associate in Perth and charged him with a string of offences. Gang Crime Squad officers raided the 34-year-old man's Morley home and a Bassendean factory unit on Friday as part of investigations into drug dealing and property laundering offences. Police said the man was an associate of the Comancheros outlaw motorcycle gang and their search warrants yielded two handguns, two rifles, a silencer, 28 grams of methylamphetamine and over $400,000 in cash. The man appeared in the Midland Magistrates Court on Friday charged with possessing a prohibited drug with intent to supply, two counts of unlawfully possessing money, eight charges of illegally possessing firearms, ammunition and a silencer, and four charges of failing to keep firearms safe. Police said the Proceeds of Crime Squad would freeze $2 million worth of the man's property.

A MAN who joined the Comanchero motorcycle club in search of role models was yesterday jailed for seven years for the manslaughter of a rival gang member.

 

Christian Menzies, 29, was found not guilty of murder but guilty of affray last November over a bloody brawl inside Sydney Airport in March 2009. He faced a retrial after the Supreme Court jury could not reach a verdict on the alternative charge of manslaughter, but he subsequently pleaded guilty to the offence.Anthony Zervas, the brother of Hells Angels member Peter Zervas, was killed during the brawl between the rival motorcycle gangs. Menzies is the 12th man to be sentenced over the fatal airport fight which took place in broad daylight in front of scores of terrified passengers and terminal staff. Justice Robert Allan Hulme jailed Menzies for at least three years and eight months and a maximum of seven years two months. He said Menzies was part of the group of Comanchero who initiated the melee and was a major participant in what he termed "wanton and significant violence". Justice Hulme said Menzies was a major player in the deadly fracas, in which Mr Zervas suffered stab wounds and massive head injuries when he was attacked with bollards and kicked, punched and stomped on as he lay on the floor of the domestic terminal. In an affidavit, Menzies said he became involved with the Comanchero, in part, because of the absence of his father. He said the gang had provided him with role models, and made him feel important.To the family of Mr Zervas, Menzies said he was "sorry for the loss of their son, brother and loved one". The judge said even though Menzies had two previous convictions for violent offences his prospects of rehabilitation were good because he had left the Comanchero.

AK-47 rifle seized in raid on Sydney house

 

A man has been charged after police allegedly found an AK-47 assault rifle in a western Sydney house, in what officers describe as a rare find. Police from the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad raided a house on Brennan Street, Yagoona, about 3.30pm yesterday. They allegedly found the gun, a 30-round magazine and a military helmet, before arresting the 46-year-old man. "It's quite rare that we find AK-47s in NSW," a State Crime Command spokeswoman said. "[They're] not something that you come across regularly." The man was charged with possessing a prohibited firearm and not storing a firearm safely. He was due to appear in Bankstown Local Court today. In August last year, police charged a Hells Angels associate after allegedly finding two of the guns in his home in Claremont Street, Merrylands. The AK-47 is a lightweight, automatic rifle known to be the weapon of choice for members of the Taliban and al-Qaeda, among many other fighters around the world. The weapon found in yesterday's raid will undergo ballistic examination, police said.

Finks bikie jailed for police assault

Finks bikie has been jailed for five months for assaulting a police officer who tried to stop a fight. Dylan Jessen, 22, pleaded guilty in Adelaide Magistrates Court to aggravated assault on a police officer and to hindering police. It stemmed from an incident at the rear of the Dublin Hotel at Glenelg last May. Police had been called to break up a fight involving Jessen and he turned and punched an officer who had grabbed him from behind. Chief Magistrate Elizabeth Bolton said Jessen then punched the officer again and wrestled with another officer, then ran off. The court heard Jessen had a history of violence, including a conviction over a brawl involving rival gangs in Hindley Street in the city. Jessen will be eligible for release from prison in August.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Two alleged associates of the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang will face court

 

Two alleged associates of the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang will face court on drugs charges after officers from the Gangs Squad’s Strike Force Raptor executed search warrants on two homes in Sydney’s south-west. Additionally, a 15-year-old boy is being dealt with under the Young Offenders Act after police seized a stun gun and cannabis. About 6am today (Monday 12 March 2012), Strike Force Raptor officers executed search warrants on homes at Heckenberg and Lurnea following investigations into ongoing criminal activities. At the Heckenberg home, police located small amounts of steroids and amphetamines, more than 200g of cannabis packaged for supply, drug paraphernalia and cash. A 44-year-old man was arrested and taken to Green Valley Police Station where he was charged with possess anabolic steroids, two counts of supply prohibited drug, and deal with the suspected proceeds of crime. He was granted conditional bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court on 4 April 2012. Police also seized a stun gun and a small amount of cannabis. A 15-year-old boy will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act for the offences of possess prohibited drug and possess prohibited weapon. At the Lurnea home, police located a small amount of cannabis, cash and a quantity of fireworks. A 43-year-old man will be issued court attendance notices for the offences of possess prohibited drug and possess explosives to face court at a later date. Strike Force Raptor was established by State Crime Command’s Gangs Squad in 2009 and is a proactive and high-impact operation targeting outlaw motorcycle gangs and any associated criminal enterprises.

Perth bikie associate on firearms charges

 

A bikie gang associate has been charged with multiple firearms offences following a police raid on a home in Perth's north. Gang Crime Squad officers searched the home in Ellenbrook on Monday and arrested a 24-year-old man who is an associate of the Comancheros outlaw motorcycle gang. Police said they seized a sawn-off shotgun, an air rifle, a crossbow, knuckledusters, an imitation AK47 rifle and unlicensed ammunition. The man has been charged with aggravated possession of a firearm, possessing an unlicensed firearm, possessing a controlled weapon, two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon, possessing stolen or unlawfully obtained property and three counts of possessing unlicensed ammunition. He will appear in the Midland Magistrates Court on March 27.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Michel Smith, a Quebec member of the Hells Angels wanted se 2009 in connection to 22 murder cases, has been arrested by authorities in Panama

 

Michel Smith, a Quebec member of the Hells Angels wanted se 2009 in connection to 22 murder cases, has been arrested by authorities in Panama, according to media reports. However, officials from the Surete du Quebec and RCMP were not immediately able to confirm or deny the reports. According to the RCMP, Smith is a member of the South Chapter of the Hells Angels and goes by the nickname "L'animal." He has been on the run since 2009 in connection with a police crackdown on the Hells Angels biker gang. He faces 29 criminal charges - including 22 murder charges. Citing Panamanian local media and Agence France-Presse, the QMI news agency reported that Smith, 49, had been detained by police Friday evening in the Playa Coronado region, on the Pacific Ocean coast of the Central American nation. A Canada-wide warrant issued by the RCMP said he was being sought for murder, gangsterism, drug trafficking and related conspiracy charges. His Central American connections were known to authorities. "Smith is likely to visit Panama and speaks French," the warrant stated. Const. Erique Gasse of the RCMP's C Division in Montreal said he had relayed a request for official word on Smith's status to RCMP officials in Ottawa, who did not immediately return a phone call. Asked for confirmation of the arrest report, Surete du Quebec spokesperson Sgt. Christine Coulombe said: "I have no information on this." Smith is "considered to be violent," according to the warrant. Aside from "L'animal," his aliases have included Mike Smith-Lajoie, Michel Lajoie-Smit and Michel Lajoie. The warrant describes Smith as 172 centimetres tall and weighing 95 kilograms, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Two alleged associates of the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang will face court on drugs charges


Two alleged associates of the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang will face court on drugs charges after officers from the Gangs Squad’s Strike Force Raptor executed search warrants on two homes in Sydney’s south-west. Additionally, a 15-year-old boy is being dealt with under the Young Offenders Act after police seized a stun gun and cannabis. About 6am today (Monday 12 March 2012), Strike Force Raptor officers executed search warrants on homes at Heckenberg and Lurnea following investigations into ongoing criminal activities. At the Heckenberg home, police located small amounts of steroids and amphetamines, more than 200g of cannabis packaged for supply, drug paraphernalia and cash. A 44-year-old man was arrested and taken to Green Valley Police Station where he was charged with possess anabolic steroids, two counts of supply prohibited drug, and deal with the suspected proceeds of crime. He was granted conditional bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court on 4 April 2012. Police also seized a stun gun and a small amount of cannabis. A 15-year-old boy will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act for the offences of possess prohibited drug and possess prohibited weapon. At the Lurnea home, police located a small amount of cannabis, cash and a quantity of fireworks. A 43-year-old man will be issued court attendance notices for the offences of possess prohibited drug and possess explosives to face court at a later date. Strike Force Raptor was established by State Crime Command’s Gangs Squad in 2009 and is a proactive and high-impact operation targeting outlaw motorcycle gangs and any associated criminal enterprises.

Alleged Quebec Hells Angels member arrested in Panama

 

Quebec fugitive -- and alleged member of the Hells Angels -- who is wanted on murder charges has been arrested in Panama, local media reports say. Michel Smith, 49, who was linked to Quebec's deadly biker war in the 1990s, was reportedly arrested Friday. Smith -- whose nickname is "animal" -- has been on the run since 2009. He was taken into custody by local police in the tourist area of Playa Coronado on the Pacific Ocean coast, according to local reports. The reports said he had been under surveillance for about two months before his arrest. Smith faces 29 charges, including 22 counts of murder. Police in Canada had not confirmed the news as late Sunday night. Smith is to be extradited back to Canada, police officials in Panama said in a news release. Smith has long been alleged to be among the top men affiliated with the Hells Angels when it was at war with the Rock Machine biker gang in the 1990s and early 2000s. The gang war killed more than 150 people. While most of the victims were members of the rival gangs and their affiliates, two prison guards and an 11-year old boy -- a bystander -- also died. An RCMP warrant describes Smith as 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 210 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Wheels of Soul outlaw motorcycle gang member pleads guilty

 

Allan "Dog" Hunter, 33, of Chicago, was present during the March 6, 2011, shooting death of Javell T. Thornton, 32, also of Chicago, at 126 South Main St. according to a federal indictment. As part of his plea, Hunter, a member of the Wheels of Soul outlaw motorcycle gang, admitted Thursday in federal court that he conspired with other members of the gang to dispose of several firearms after the shooting. WOS was in Marion for a meeting at a private motorcycle club. In the early morning hours of March 6, a fight at the gang's after-hours party spilled onto the sidewalk on South Main Street. When the dust settled, three men were injured with stab and gunshot wounds, and Thornton was dead. The federal indictment states that Anthony R. Robinson shot three victims in the back as they fled the party, killing Thornton and seriously injuring another. Hunter reportedly fired a handgun indiscriminately into the crowd while wearing a bulletproof vest. Robinson has been indicted on one count of murder in aid of racketeering activity and one count of attempt to commit murder in aid of racketeering, along with other federal charges for murder and racketeering activities in other states, according to the federal indictment. Eighteen members of the WOS were indicted on federal charges June 9, 2011. One member allegedly stabbed another person in the head during a fight at a Chicago motorcycle club, then shot another in the stomach. The indictment says gang members are required to carry weapons - mostly guns, but also hammers, knives and other weapons.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Hells Angels bikie war will explode in Kings Cross.

 

POLICE investigating the Hells Angels have launched a new taskforce amid fears a full-blown bikie war will explode in Kings Cross. The Sunday Telegraph can reveal the operation, code-named Strike Force Cheviot, was set up after 40 to 50 members of the Hells Angels descended on the red-light district last month. Police believe the "unprecedented" act may have been designed to send a message to rival bikie group Nomads, which have long controlled security in the area. Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, commander of the NSW Gangs Squad, said police had been watching the situation closely since the February 5 incident. "Yes, we are aware and monitoring the situation with what happened at Kings Cross that night with the Hells Angels", Mr Katsogiannis told The Sunday Telegraph. "It was an unprecedented act from the Hells Angels and that's why it's important the Gangs Squad involved ourselves from the beginning. "Safety of the community is our top priority and we will not be allowing any OMCGs (outlaw motorcycle gangs) to carry on with that type of behaviour". Police are investigating a possible outbreak of violence between the Nomads and the Hells Angels, who have been on an expansion and recruitment drive for months around Sydney. It is one of several lines of inquiry being probed by Cheviot detectives. They are also looking at a credible allegation that Hells Angels members went to Kings Cross to confront a member of the Nomads clan who works in the area. The man, who for legal reasons cannot be named, was formerly a member of the Hells Angels but "patched over" several months ago. Since then he has been performing unofficial security tasks for nightclub premises in Kings Cross, including venues aligned with local identity John Ibrahim. Law enforcement sources said when the Hells Angels descended on the nightspot they arranged themselves across the road from a club where the man was believed to be working, and demanded he come outside. "That forms part of several lines of inquiry we are looking at," Mr Katsogiannis said, adding that officers from Strike Force Raptor were patrolling Kings Cross on the night of the incident and quelled the situation. "If they (Raptor police) didn't intervene at the time, it could have been a lot worse". Police have connected the Nomads member with some of the recent shootings across southwestern Sydney, all of which are under investigation. In November, The Sunday Telegraph revealed the individual was the target of a drive-by attack at an Oporto restaurant in Merrylands, which occurred two days after he was released from custody. Mr Katsogiannis said Strike Force Cheviot officers, would continue weekend patrols of Kings Cross to prevent any outbreaks of violence for "as long as it takes".

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