News

VIDEO: Cops smash bikie gang in dawn raids

SUCCESS: Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay, Richmond Local Area Command, at a media conference yesterday about the morning’s raids.
SUCCESS: Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay, Richmond Local Area Command, at a media conference yesterday about the morning’s raids. Cathy Adams

A YEAR-long police investigation into a bikie gang culminated in a dramatic series of dawn raids yesterday across the North and Mid-North coasts.

Police allege the gang specialised in distributing large quantities of the drug ice.

Up to a dozen properties, including three in Ballina, one each in Goonellabah, Alstonville and Evans Head, were raided simultaneously in what police codenamed Strikeforce Badim.

At a rural property near Tabbimoble, police from the black-clad Tactical Operations Unit participated in a dramatic high-risk arrest of a gang member who was allegedly armed with sawn-off firearms and had a history of violence.

Properties in South Grafton and Taree were also targeted.

The estimated street value of drugs seized was more than $400,000.

The gang was believed to be the local franchise of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang and was headquartered in Ballina.

By noon police had arrested seven people, allegedly its core leadership group, the president, vice-president, and sergeant-at-arms.

They were charged with a range of offences including the commercial supply of drugs, the possession of fire-arms and charges relating to home invasions and other violent offences.

NABBED: Police officers from Strikeforce Badim yesterday raided a number of properties including three in Ballina (inset is the Grant St raid) and one each in Goonellabah, Alstonville and Evans Head as part of a year-long investigation.
NABBED: Police officers from Strikeforce Badim yesterday raided a number of properties including three in Ballina (inset is the Grant St raid) and one each in Goonellabah, Alstonville and Evans Head as part of a year-long investigation.

 

Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay, said police would allege the gang had developed a "high-end" distribution network of ice and amphetamines in its 12-month life.

He said while several members were long-term locals, the chapter was able to benefit from connections to the national criminal bikie network.

Det Insp Lindsay said the investigation had overt and covert elements.

Yesterday's operation was simply to smash the group and arrest every member.

He described ice as an "insidious drug" having an adverse effect on the community and said the gang had been a "major player" in the supply of the notorious drug to Northern Rivers streets.

"We're very pleased that we've been able to knock this group out," he said.

"We will continue to target them as a group within this area whenever they become operational again.

"You only have to speak to any ambulance officer or anyone who works in emergency services; (ice) is a scourge, and one that we really need to stamp out.

"The commercial supply of these drugs carries very substantial jail terms, including 25 years."

He appealed for remaining members of the group to hand themselves in.

"The knock on the door may not come today, but I assure you that it will come."

CHARGES

  • A 28-year-old man from Jacky Bulbin allegedly supplied a commercial quantity of prohibited drug as well as possessed prohibited and shortened firearms.
  • A 46-year-old man allegedly supplied a prohibited drug on a number of occasions from a residence in Evans Head.
  • A 25-year-old man from Goonellabah also allegedly supplied a prohibited drug.
  • A 32-year-old man and a 26-year-old man, both from Bangalow, were also arrested this week in connection with these matters.
  • The 32-year-old man allegedly supplied a prohibited drug and possessed a number of prohibited and shortened firearms and the 26-year-old man allegedly possessed a number of prohibited and shortened firearms.

Topics:  bikie gangs crime



Behind-the-scenes on the Northern Rivers

Olivia Newton-John and Gregg Cave at Gaia Retreat & Spa. Photo Contributed

The latest goss from our region

High achievers honoured at Australia Day Awards

Lismore's 2017 Australia Day Ambassador, chef David Bitton.

15 new citizens to be welcomed and 27 exceptional citizens honoured.

'More sick people will be jailed': Confusion over medical cannabis

There is ongoing confusion about the legalities surrounding medical cannabis.

Is it legal? Where can you get it? What are your rights?

Local Partners

High achievers honoured at Australia Day Awards

FIFTEEN new citizens to be welcomed and 27 exceptional citizens and groups honoured.


What's fresh at your local farmers' market

Chillies should be available at your local farmers' market. PHOTO: KATE O'NEILL

Chillies, figs, finger limes, eggplants are ripe for the eating

'More sick people will be jailed': Confusion over medical cannabis

There is ongoing confusion about the legalities surrounding medical cannabis.

Is it legal? Where can you get it? What are your rights?

This week's Northern Rivers markets list

CASINO: McAuliffe Park in Hickey St is the venue for the new markets.

Check out the new Casino Riverside Markets this weekend

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Lisa Marie Woodham will be giving readings in Gladstone until Saturday January 21.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

What's fresh at your local farmers' market

Chillies should be available at your local farmers' market. PHOTO: KATE O'NEILL

Chillies, figs, finger limes, eggplants are ripe for the eating

Buderim man strips off for speed dating with a twist

RAW AMBITION: Buderim local Jackson pictured with his blind date Candice in a scene from SBS's new dating show Undressed.

People have done stranger things for love

Behind-the-scenes on the Northern Rivers

Olivia Newton-John and Gregg Cave at Gaia Retreat & Spa. Photo Contributed

The latest goss from our region

Matthew McConaughey wrongly used as medical example

Doctor tried to steal credit for McConaughey's hair treatment

Agents desperate for stock as homebuyers circle region

Coorabell houses had a whopping median sale price of $1.4 million.

Lower price ranges stand out as Coffs property best sellers

7 quirky Airbnb homes on the Northern Rivers

Broken Head Bodhi Treehouse

Stay in a shipping container or treehouse for your next holiday

Controversial Iron Gates development renamed

Raine and Horne

Peaceful, pristine and perfect is the new motto for Iron Gates

'That’s the nature of commercial reality': Lismore council

GAME CHANGER: The $13 million proposal by Quest proposal is for a three-storey complex featuring 41 serviced apartments, 53 on-site carparks, 24-hour on-site management, a gymnasium and modern guest facilities.

"It's a shame the development is no longer on the table"

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!