It comes amid an investigation into drug
and firearms trafficking by members of the Black Uhlans and Gypsy Jokers
Detectives from the anti-bikie Echo
Taskforce along with Wodonga police and the New South Wales Police Gangs
Squad executed warrants at 10 homes and businesses this morning.
Four men from Wodonga — aged 54, 52, and
39 — were arrested as well as a 28-year-old man and 22-year-old woman both
from West Wodonga.
Detective Acting Inspector Stuart Bailey said
today’s operation highlights Victoria Police’s strong commitment to
investigating the criminal activities of OMCG across the state.
“Outlaw motorcycle gangs don’t only operate in
our major cities, they also have a criminal presence in our regional centres,”
“Police will continue to put pressure on these
groups wherever they exist, to target those willing to engage in organised crime
and to deter, disrupt and thoroughly investigate their criminal activities.
“We know these groups have long histories of
engaging in a range of crimes, particularly those linked to firearms, and the
indiscriminate nature of their crimes presents a significant risk to the
“This is above and beyond the harm they
already do our communities through manufacture and trafficking of drugs.
“Those involved in OMCGs can rest assured
Victoria Police will do everything possible to ensure they are held accountable
for their actions.
“Police are not intimidated by these groups
and we won’t allow our communities to be.”