Brothers 4 Life on the rise
again in Goulburn jail war
October 11, 2015 12:00am
THE BROTHERS 4 Life have emerged as one of the
most violent and powerful gangs in the NSW prison system, waging
a bloody war in jail for control of a multi-million dollar drug
The crime outfit founded by convicted murderer
Bassam Hamzy has turned on itself, with several high-profile
members attempting to seize control of the gang from inside our
In a dramatic move to stop a recent spate of
jail violence, Corrective Services has split the gang with the
power-players removed from Goulburn jail and sent under top
security to other NSW prisons.
“The Department has had to move all the bosses
to stop them from killing each other,’’ said a Goulburn prison
“The have been split up and sent to Lithgow,
Long Bay, Goulburn, Nowra, and the Mid North Coast.’’
With at least 100 members locked up in NSW,
Brothers 4 Life are one of the state’s biggest prison gangs.
Outlaw motorcycle gangs control still control
the bulk of the prison drug trade with the Hell’s Angels running
Long Bay Jail, the Comancheros and Bandidos controlling Lithgow
and the Rebels strong in Goulburn, but Brothers 4 Life have a
violent presence at every prison in NSW.
“The BFL are fighting with each other,’’ the
“They are trying to take control of the
empire. Some have been moved out of the
main jail in Goulburn and sent to the HRMU
because of all the trouble. Others have been shipped across the
state. All the chapters are fighting and trying to take the
whole thing. Farhad Quami is fighting with Hamzy and so is
(another notorious criminal).
“Hamzy is now locked
away so tightly that he can’t effectively run things. He is
still trying to dictate but this Quami is involved in
“Hamzy is now locked away so tightly that he
can’t effectively run things. He is still trying to dictate but
this Quami is involved in everything.’’
Members of defunct bikie gang Notorious have
patched over to Brothers 4 Life, boosting the outfit’s prison
“The Notorious guys at Goulburn are getting
there tattoos removed and are coming back and joining BFL,’’
said a Goulburn officer.
“There would be at least 100 of them in NSW
jails and there would be five bickering chapters. There are 30
in Long Bay alone.’’
Long Bay Jail is regarded as a Hells Angels
prison although former Notorious boss Sam Ibrahim is still a
powerful jail enforcer.
“Whatever happens on
the outside is mirrored in jail”
“The Ibrahims are quite powerful,’’ said a
Long Bay guard.
“But Sam is about to get deported and Michael
is in Nowra so that will change.’’
Goulburn Jail is considered to be controlled
by the Rebels.
“Whatever happens on the outside is mirrored
in jail,’’ a Goulburn officer said.
“Wars on the street become wars in jail. Also
if you have drug raids on the outside we are also doing them on
the inside too because they are all linked. The blokes in jail
speak to their counterparts outside and it is all drugs,
steroids and guns.
“Even operations on the outside can be run
from jail because they smuggle in mobile phones. They is not
much we can do about it. We tap phones and pass information onto
Prison gangs conduct jail standovers and drug
“They get people to bring drugs in for them,’’
an officer said.
“They then get people to sell it for them.
They also do standovers. They steal buy-ups (items inmates have
purchased from the prison shop) and put it over people. We try
and keep on top of it by moving them around and generally we
keep them under control. The drugs they mainly deal in are
steroids and buprenorphine.’’