The property in Kelston,
Auckland, where items were seized by
Nine motorbikes worth up to $50,000 each were
seized from a West Auckland warehouse this week
by police investigating the criminal activities
of a man accused of manufacturing
Davidson and American Chopper bikes belonged to
Scott Corless, an associate of the Head Hunters
gang, who will stand trial in the High Court on
nine charges relating to a P-lab bust in
Titirangi in May.
include manufacturing methamphetamine,
possession of chemicals and equipment used to
manufacture the drug, allowing his premises to
be used for manufacture, unlawful possession of
a firearm and possession of explosives.
Corless has two
more jury trials coming up for methamphetamine
related charges. They are not connected to the
Titirangi bust. He is also facing a charge of
raided the Otitori Bay Rd house Corless was
living in on May 7 and discovered a P-lab on the
property, as well as a collection of cars and
motorbikes including seven Choppers and a
motorcycle importing business Custom &
Performance Specialties that deals in
"outrageously expensive" one-off motorcycles
including American Choppers and Harleys - some
of which were seized by police in this week's
One of the bikes
was listed on Corless' website valued at $35,995
and another at $51,995.
Hines said a Ford F150 truck was also seized
from the warehouse, which is owned by an
associate of Corless.
Police also seized
several more Choppers and a jetski from one of
Corless' West Auckland properties on August 3.
"This is part of
an ongoing investigation into his criminal
offending," Hines said.
said when he was in court that he'd locked them
[the vehicles] in storage for safe keeping."
legislation was changed so police could seize
anything they thought was relevant to their
investigation while searching a property. Before
the change, police could only uplift items
listed on a search warrant.
Police were still
looking for other vehicles owned by Corless but
Hines would not be drawn on specifics.
In 2007 Corless
was one of seven people who walked free on
methamphetamine charges following a case that
dragged on for five years.
Asher granted a stay of proceedings for the
seven on the basis that the delays in getting
the case to completion had taken too long.