Dunedin Bandidos members arrested
Members of the Bandidos bikie gang have been arrested after a series of raids in Dunedin today.
It is the first time police have targeted the notorious international motorcycle club since it established a probationary chapter in the city earlier this year.
Six properties were searched and items including drugs, drug paraphernalia and ammunition were seized, police said.
Three men and two women, aged 23 to 32, are scheduled to appear in Dunedin District Court tomorrow and next Tuesday. They will face charges including possession of cannabis, possession of methamphetamine, obstruction, dangerous driving, and unlawful possession of ammunition.
Inquiries were continuing and further charges could be laid.Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis said the men arrested during the raids were members of the Bandidos.
"It goes to show that these gangs ... are involved in criminal activity and drugs," Inglis said.
In January, Australian members of the Bandidos travelled to New Zealand to help set up probationary chapters in Invercargill and Dunedin.
The gang recruited members from rival motorcycle clubs.
The Bandidos - described as one of the "big three" outlaw motorcycle clubs along with the Hells Angels and Outlaws - is one of the most feared bikie gangs in Australia.
It has a fully fledged chapters in Christchurch and South Auckland.