Bikies raided over drug ring

Bikies raided over drug ring - 26th May 2004
(Credit: AAP)

Simultaneous dawn raids on properties in three states has exposed a $22-million amphetamine network allegedly organised by five bikie gangs, police said today.

About 350 police raided 26 properties in NSW and South Australia early this morning, with 17 people being arrested.

Two properties were raided in Queensland but there was no arrests.

Most of the raids were undertaken by 200 officers on 11 homes in the central-western NSW town of Dubbo, where the operation was allegedly based.

Police will allege five bikie gangs - the Rebels, Nomads, Gypsy Jokers, Hells Angels and Finks - are part of a network manufacturing drugs such as cannabis and speed worth about $22 million.

The drugs were then being distributed by truck drivers, police will allege.

"(Police have) identified a criminal network with links to outlaw motorcycle gangs," NSW Drug Squad's Wayne Gordon said today.

Properties raided in NSW were at Dubbo, Wellington, Gilgandra, Sydney and Port Stephens.

Eleven men and two women were arrested and charged with drugs offences. They were to appear in Dubbo Local Court today.

Four men were arrested in SA after nine houses were raided in Adelaide and east of Adelaide.

They were expected to appear in Adelaide Local Court today, charged with drug offences.




Police raid bikies over $22m drug ring - 26th May 2004

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