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Heat on NW bikie gangs


POLICE are cutting a swathe through alleged organised crime rackets in the state's North-West with a bold new approach of naming bikie gangs and their members.

"Tasmania doesn't experience the same level of violence and criminal activity associated with gangs interstate, but we are not immune from organised crime identities attempting to establish here," Assistant Commissioner Scott Tilyard said.

"In response, Tasmania Police is further enhancing its intelligence-led strategy to respond and manage the illegal activities of serious and organised crime groups."

Police have allegedly seized large quantities of drugs and firearms from properties in Burnie in the past week and linked the resulting arrests to both the Finks and Rebels Motorcycle Clubs.

The latest bust took place in Devonport on Friday with drug detectives, uniformed police, police dog handlers, bomb detection squad officers and forensic police swooping on a home in Ronald St.

The search lasted the entire day and allegedly resulted in the seizure of $60,000 worth of speed and ice, a semi-automatic pistol, two high-calibre rifles, prescription medication, cannabis, drug paraphernalia, jewellery, and a detonator.

Four native reptiles were also seized.

A 43-year-old male was charged with sexual assault, drug trafficking, drug possession, firearm offences, and unlawful possession of property and will appear in court later this month.

Mr Tilyard says organised crime will not be tolerated, and police hold the view that the public has the right to know if someone charged with a crime has ties to an outlaw motorcycle club.


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