previously only three Mongols in WA and all are in
There are about 12 Finks members in WA
and about half are in prison, while their club house has
Deputy Commissioner Chris Dawson told
reporters today that police were monitoring all gangs
and played down the threat of the Mongols, who have a
violent rivalry with the Hells Angels in the US.
"Irrespective of what they call
themselves, police regard them (all) as criminal gangs
and will continue to treat them as such,'' Mr Dawson
Laws allowing WA police and the
state's corruption watchdog to declare bikie gangs
illegal were passed by parliament late last year, but
have not yet been proclaimed.
The intelligence was gathered as part
of a national day of action against outlaw motorcycle
Police executed search warrants
throughout Perth's metropolitan area on Saturday
targeting two club houses and residences in Woodvale,
Aveley, Balga, Henley Brooke, Butler, Ocean Reef,
Landsdale, Quinns Rock and Wilson.
Seized items included a baton, a
tracking device believed to be used for vehicles, 28g of
white powder that is yet to be identified, and $56,000
Further operations were carried out at
licensed premises in Fremantle, Burswood and regional
Charges included disorderly behaviour,
five counts of possessing a prohibited drug and
possessing a smoking implement.
In a joint operation with the
Department of Corrective Services, 71 prison cells
occupied by gang members were also searched and prison
contraband was seized. Nationally, 53 people were
charged, 79 search warrants were executed and 362
licensed premises were patrolled.
Mr Dawson said the operation was
successful despite a small haul in WA.
"The outcome of the operation is not
necessarily the volume of what is seized, but it's the
effective policing and the gathering of any evidence,''