KEY members of bikie gangs, their
prison associates and several of the
state's most notorious killers have
had their cells searched in a
lightning raid at Yatala Labour
covert operation last Sunday night was
so secret that prison managers and
officers were advised only minutes
before it was launched in order to
prevent any warning to inmates.
sources said those targeted in Operation
Resolve included Hells Angels
sergeant-at-arms Danny Papadopoulos,
senior Finks members, former Rebels
member Eddie Yost and several of their
included convicted murderer Paul Page,
who is linked to several Finks members
in Yatala, and well-known criminal
Adrian Ravet, who also has links to
several Finks inmates.
notorious criminals whose cells were
raided included Rodney Clavell, one of
the ringleaders of the Port Augusta
Prison riot, and convicted killer Henry
Keogh, who is serving a life sentence
for the murder of Anna Jane Cheney.
Gang of 49 member Brett Agius was also
one of the 18 prisoners targeted in the
cell searches uncovered eight tablets
and a small amount of white powder, all
suspected amphetamines, which are being
tested. Other contraband included two
packages of cannabis, three bong pipes,
a small pocket knife, a home-made tattoo
gun and ink and excess 'stockpiled'
operation by Correctional Services'
Intelligence and Investigations Unit,
Yatala officers and SAPOL's Crime Gangs
Task Force detectives was launched as a
result of information indicating growing
links among inmates and criminal
enterprises inside Yatala.
Correctional Services Minister Tom
Koutsantonis said the operation's
success was due to it being "spontaneous
and rapid", ensuring inmates had no time
to remove or destroy any contraband.
Thursday night prison officers thwarted
a suspected "drug drop" at Mobilong
noticing a prisoner acting suspiciously,
officers found a package containing
small bundles of a white powder and
green matter, believed to be
amphetamines and cannabis. It is
believed to have been thrown over two