Drugs seized in Rebels bikie raids
February 29, 2012
POLICE stormed the homes of a Rebels bikie nominee and two associates in dawn raids today, allegedly uncovering two sophisticated hydroponic cannabis growing set-ups and illicit drugs.
Gang Crime Squad officers this morning searched three properties in Quinns Rocks, Clarkson and Alexander Heights.
Police will allege that 14 mature cannabis plants were found at the Clarkson house.
While in Alexander Heights officers said a hydroponic system had been set up to bypass the property's electrical system to avoid detection through the over-consumption of power. Synergy was called in to disconnect the electricity, due to safety concerns.
At the Quinns Rocks house, the residence of the Rebels nominee, they allegedly found a quantity of amphetamines.
Detective Inspector Dario Bolzonella said police had watching the three men-for some time.
"At those premises we located a quantity of amphetamines and two of those addresses were hydroponic houses,'' he said.
He said the raids formed part of the WA Police strategy to target the criminal activities of outlaw motorcycle gangs.
"WA Police have maintained for some time that outlaw motorcycle gang members are involved in organised crime and we stand by that and this is just another indicator (with) houses set up for hydroponics, illicit drugs is systematic of that,'' he said.
Officers will continue to dismantle the drug making operations this afternoon.
The raids coincide with new anti-association laws, introduced to State Parliament yesterday, which plan to give police the power to ban bikies from associating with each other and visiting certain places.
Gang members and civil libertarians have claimed community rights would be eroded by the laws, which they have branded an unfair and undemocratic crackdown on freedom.
Police searched nine other properties throughout the day, where they uncovered 85 cannabis plants, methylamphetamines, steroids and MDMA tablets.
During the raids, Gang Crime Squad officers also seized cash, knuckle dusters, flick knives and other weapons.
Three men aged in their mid-thirties were charged with drug offences and another three men, aged 25, 26, and 31 will be summonsed on drug charges.
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