Police freeze Head
Hunters' Christchurch assets
Armed police raided the
Christchurch Head Hunters' pad on Vickerys Rd early on
Police have frozen hundreds of
thousands of dollars worth of assets belonging to the Head Hunters
in Christchurch, including the gang's headquarters.
There was a large police presence
at the gang pad in Vickerys Rd, Sockburn, on Friday morning. A
man wearing the gang's Bay of Plenty colours was led away, without
handcuffs, to a police car.
Canterbury district commander
Superintendent John Price said police had taken civil action against
the Head Hunters – restraining assets, including motorcycles and the
Vickerys Rd property, under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act
A man, wearing the gang's Bay
of Plenty colours, was led away, without handcuffs, to a
The action was linked to Operation
Block, a lengthy police investigation that late last year saw
several patched members and associates of the gang facing charges,
including supplying methamphetamine and participating in an
organised criminal group. Lyndon Richardson, arguably the most
senior Christchurch Head Hunters figure, was among those arrested.
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of drug dealing at Head Hunters gang pad, police say
Price said police had a "zero
tolerance" approach to gangs, which "drive organised crime across
A police spokeswoman said the
raid was a "planned search" and declined to comment further.
Friday's operation comes after
police in Auckland last month restrained $6 million of property
belonging to Head Hunters president Wayne Doyle, arguably one of the
most influential gang members in New Zealand.
Detective Superintendent Iain
Chapman said the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act enabled police
to "disrupt, deter, and derail crime, especially in the areas of
organised crime and methamphetamine offending".
"Our work in this area denies
criminals the opportunity to either enjoy the benefits of offending
or to reinvest those proceeds in further criminal activity," Chapman
Forfeited assets were managed by
the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Money from that fund was then bid
for by government agencies.
The Head Hunters, who started
setting up in Christchurch several years ago, took over the Vickerys
Rd property from the now defunct Epitaph Riders bikie gang in
Lincoln Property Investments owns
the pad, which has a rateable value of $320,000. Richardson and
Terence McFarland, a senior Head Hunters member from Auckland, are
listed as directors of the company.
In December last year, police said
they believed they had uncovered evidence of drug dealing at the
Vickerys Rd property following Operation Block, a "major" four month
investigation into the gang's activity in Christchurch.
The Head Hunters formed in 1967 as
a street gang in Glen Innes, Auckland.
Police are concerned by the rapid
growth of the gang, which has hundreds of patched members nationally
– some involved in drug manufacturing and supply, debt collection
The gang uses gyms, fight nights
or similar events to recruit members.