Rebels motorcycle gang bikies screened for
drugs as 400 gather in Tasmania
Members of the
Rebels motorcycle gang have been met by a big police operation after
arriving in Tasmania for a massive gathering this weekend.
Police said three members tested
positive for drugs as about 100 were screened at the Spirit of
Tasmania ferry terminal in Devonport.
Gang members are joining about 300
others who have already arrived in the state to mark the Tasmanian
chapter's 20th year.
About 60 police from Tasmania and
every Australian state have been brought in to monitor the event,
which police have described as the largest gathering of bikies in
After arriving by ferry, the
bikies gathered at East Devonport ahead of a ride to Hobart via
Tasmania's east coast.
Detective Senior Sergeant Damien
George said sniffer dogs were deployed for the mass arrival.
"We have a screening point so each
of the motorcyclists have come off the Spirit of Tasmania and been
subject to a random breath test, an oral fluid test, there's also a
drug detection dog who's screening the motorcycles," he said.
"There's been a minor drug
detection. We've also detected a number of unlicensed drivers and
Detective Senior Sergeant said the
gathering would continue to be monitored.
"Do we want to have more
motorcycle gangs in our state? No we don't," he said.
"But they're here and while
they're here we want the members of the community to be safe but we
also want the motorcyclists to be safe whilst on our roads so we'll
have had some traffic management in place in respect of that."
The bikies will be attending an
event at the chapter's Hobart clubhouse.
Matthew Fletcher, one of the
club's neighbours, said he was not anticipating any trouble.
"We've been here quite a while, a
few years, and nothing has ever given us a cause for concern," he
"There is at the back of your mind
[something] could happen but as a neighbour they've generally been