A NATIONAL taskforce set up to smash
bike gangs will receive a $6.2 million boost to target WA’s 10
gangs in regional parts of the state.
The WA National Anti Gangs Squad
(NAGS) was set up in 2014 to specifically target gangs involved in
drug trafficking, money laundering and extortion.
So far the NAGS team in WA has
seized more than 50kg of ice, 62kg of cannabis and 24 firearms.
Assets worth $2.3 million,
including a bikie clubhouse, have also been frozen.
A further 85 people have been
On Friday, Federal Justice
Minister Michael Keenan said funding to the tune of $6.2 million
would be invested into the WA NAGS squad.
The money will fund the squad for
a further two years and will allow officers to target gangs in more
regional parts of WA.
The Goldfields and the South West
are at the top of the hit list.
“Through this investment we will
ensure that the co-operation between the Australian Federal Police
and the Western Australia Police remains as close as possible in
dealing with the menace of gangs,” Mr Keenan said.
“We will continue to go as hard as
possible to bring down these evil gangs.”
Police Minister Liza Harvey said
the extra funding was an important step in continuing the fight
against the drug ice.
“That drug is the source of so
much misery ... that’s why the continuation of this funding is very
important,” she said.
Acting Deputy Commissioner
Michelle Fyfe said NAGS were keeping a “close covert eye” on bikie
gangs trying to establish themselves in regional areas.
“These funds allow us to continue
to investigate the foothold that bikie gangs are making into
regional Western Australia,” she said.
“There are a number of areas that
we are looking at. Certainly into the South West, out into the
Goldfields up into the Mid West Gascoyne.
“We are certainly keeping an eye
on the foothold that they are establishing there.”