More than 2000 Rebels members have been
arrested or reported in a crackdown on the
A NATIONAL taskforce
targeting the Rebels bikie gang has led to the
arrest or reporting of 2056 bikies and their
associates and hit the finances of outlaw groups,
with a $3 million haul in unpaid taxes and drugs.
The Australian Crime Commission’s
Attero Taskforce, which is aimed at disrupting outlaw
motorcycle gangs across Australia with a focus on the
Rebels, has also resulted in the seizure of 52 firearms.
ACC acting chief executive Paul
Jevtovic told Senate estimates that law enforcement
agents had seized more than $1.8m in unpaid taxes and
$1.2m worth of drugs and precursor drugs, as at November
30 last year. The drugs include amphetamines, cannabis,
ecstasy and steroids.
The Attero taskforce, which was
launched early last year, has so far targeted the
Rebels, but the ACC has warned the crackdown will be
extended to other outlaw motorcycle groups.
The Queensland government has led a
hardline anti-bikie crackdown, including new laws under
which criminals found to be members of an outlaw gang
can face an extra 15 to 25 years in jail unless they
inform on their group.
Attero combines law-enforcement
efforts from across the country.
Mr Jevtovic said the ACC’s role was to
coordinate the efforts of agencies in different states
and territories to ensure they were not working at
cross-purposes or on identical targets.
The Australian Taxation Office and the
Australian Securities & Investments Commission have also
joined forces with police to uncover a sophisticated web
of legal and illegal businesses.