Loaded guns, drugs and tasers have been
seized after bikie-related police raids which included searches of prison
A joint operation between Tasmania Police and the
Australia Federal Police (AFP) uncovered 26 firearms and three tasers.
Fourteen people have been arrested and a further 19
summonses issued as a result of the operation which has been running since
Prison cells were searched during the operation which also
targeted eight motorcycle gang clubrooms, 30 homes of members and
associates, three businesses and several vehicles.
Among the firearms seized were nine handguns, most of
which were loaded, police said.
Quantities of prescription and illegal drugs, including
ice and speed were found, along with $200,000 in cash.
Police said it is the largest ever operation targeting
The operation also involved other state police forces, the
Australian Taxation Office, the Department of Immigration,
Australian Customs [and Border Protection Service], and the Australian Crime
Acting Police commissioner Mark Mewis said investigations
were continuing and warned outlaw gangs that "their activities were a
AFP Detective Superintendent Nigel Ryan said Tasmanian
gangs members were part of an organised crime network that stretched across
The AFP will now have an agent permanently embedded in
Tasmania's newly formed Serious and Organised Crime Unit.
"These gangs, they do harm to our communities and they
have no regard for our society," he said.
"As part of the national anti-gang squad framework a
liaison officer from the AFP will now be embedded in Tasmania's Serious and
Organised Crime Unit.
"This now completes the AFP footprint nationally as part
of the national anti-gangs framework."