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Bikie gang drug arrests in Tasmania

15:24 AEDT Wed May 30 2012


Guns and drugs have been seized in northern Tasmania after police targeted the Finks bikie gang.

Police intercepted a car leaving the Spirit of Tasmania ferry wharf in Devonport, finding amphetamines with an estimated value of $15,000.

A raid at a house in the northern town of Penguin resulted in three firearms, including an SKS fully automatic assault rifle, and a large amount of ammunition being seized.

A 32-year-old Penguin man, who police say is affiliated with the Finks outlaw motorcycle gang, has been charged with drug trafficking and firearms offences.

A 24-year-old woman from nearby Heybridge will also face firearms charges.

The haul has led to the state opposition branding the ferry a "drug super highway", a claim dismissed as "alarmist" by the Tasmanian government.

Earlier this month, Tasmanian police said they were confident they had smashed a major ring after seizing $2 million worth of drugs and making 11 arrests in the state's north. They are alleging the methamphetamines and cannabis in that haul arrived on domestic flights.



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