A Rebels bikie vest seized in a Tasmania
TASMANIA does not need or want bikie
gangs, the head of the state’s serious and organised crime squad says.
Detective Inspector Glenn Lathey made his
comments days after the Mercury reported a former Rebels state
president had been effectively deported.
Colin David Picard, 69, was removed from
Australia after serving 30 months of a three-year sentence in Risdon Prison
for drug trafficking.
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Picard is one of 580 people who had visas
cancelled in 2014-15 on character grounds by a Federal Government bent on
booting out criminals who are not citizens.
By contrast, 76 non-citizens had their visas
cancelled on character grounds in 2013-14.
Picard, who lived here for more than 30
years and had family in Australia, led the Rebels for a decade.
In 2013 he was convicted of trafficking 36
ounces of methamphetamine throughout the state.
Rebels Motorcycle Club on the move in
Canberra. Picture: RAY STRANGE
Following his visa cancellation he
appealed the decision in the Federal Court which dismissed the case in
On Tuesday he was taken from Risdon to the
airport and flown to Auckland.
“We know that outlaw motorcycle gangs,
particularly the Rebels in Tasmania, are linked to the importation and
distribution of drugs,” Insp Lathey said yesterday.
“Tasmania does not need people who are
involved in those kinds of activities. We don’t want these groups here and
the community does not want them here.”
Founding Tasmanian Rebels member A.J.
Graham is fighting his visa cancellation in the Federal Court.
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Last June Graham was a target of a joint
crackdown on bikies by Tasmania Police, the Australian Federal Police-led
National Anti-Gangs Squad, the Australian Taxation Office and the Department
of Immigration and Border Protection.
Police said the operation netted 14
arrests, 19 summons, more than 100 charges and the seizure of 25 firearms. Graham was not charged with any offences
but had his visa cancelled on character grounds and is being held in a NSW