Australian police raid on the Bunbury
headquarters of outlaw motorcycle gang the
Coffin Cheaters has failed to locate a
handgun allegedly used in a violent bikie
brawl, police say.
At about 9am
(WST) on Tuesday, armed police stormed the
compound in Zoe Street, Bunbury, which is
surrounded by stone walls and a red gate
labelled CCMC (Coffin Cheaters Motorcycle
Squad officers along with officers from the
southwest district simultaneously raided a
private home in the nearby suburb of Eaton.
man was taken into custody and later charged
with possessing a prohibited drug, which
police believe to be steroids.
Detective-Inspector Paul McMurtrie told
media there was "credible evidence" linking
the two properties to the investigation into
a violent clash between bikies at the
Kwinana Motorplex in Perth's south earlier
"Today we are
searching for items of evidence which will
support that investigation and will also
support the ongoing tensions between the
Coffin Cheaters and Finks," he said on
credible evidence to suggest that persons
linked to both the clubhouse and the house
in Eaton were involved in the incident at
the Kwinana Motorplex."
McMurtrie said earlier on Tuesday there was
a handgun, allegedly used during the clash,
which was outstanding with a police
spokesman saying later it was not located
during the raids.
between members of the rival Finks and
Coffin Cheaters gangs, which also involved
Club Deroes bikies, resulted in one man
being shot in the leg.
member had three fingers severed with a
month police raided the Finks' clubhouse at
Balga in Perth's north and properties in
Mandurah and Geraldton.
A feud between
the Finks and the Coffin Cheaters was
sparked in January 2008 after the Coffin
Cheaters expelled high-profile member Troy
Mercanti, who then helped the Finks set up a