Aussie bikie gangs are
moving overseas to expand illegal activities
Corp Australia Network
AUSTRALIAN outlaw motorcycle gangs are setting
up chapters and franchising their “colours” across Europe in a bid to open new
chains of supply for narcotics, police intelligence has found.
News Corp Australia has learnt of
a rise in transnational activity,
ironically spurred on by the success in law enforcement detection of illegal
drug shipments and police targeting of known crime bosses and their club houses.
The noticeable shift marks a new broader phase
of expansion and raises concerns of the export of historic grudges and turf
“The problem for law enforcement is when they
break away from these initial groups, they take away problems with them and this
is seen as a threat,” an intelligence police chief in Holland told News Corp
“There are motorcycle clubs from Australia
establishing chapter clubs in Europe, now it’s not that you have 1000 Australian
people getting visas to move to the Netherlands, this is not how it works. How
it works is you have Australian brands that are establishing footholds in
Netherlands … it’s about establishing chapters in countries in Europe and
benefiting from existing infrastructure and personnel and members who maybe have
split from other motorcycle gangs which were dissatisfied or members who have
hooligan background, right wing extremists as well which is one of the category
of people included in motorcycle gangs.”
Speaking on condition of anonymity for
security reasons, the officer said it was about infrastructure and Australia was
a “destination country not a source country” so they needed criminal
counterparts for smuggling networks.
Such has been the rise, in Rotterdam — the
city with one of the world’s largest ports — police chiefs and local MPs are
calling for an all out ban on Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and the violence that
comes with them. The move followed a mass brawl with shots fired earlier last
month between local chapters of Hells Angels and Mongols from which police
arrested 23 people.
Intelligence reports have noted Rebels MC from
Australia have European expansion plans while Comanchero has been looking
specifically at Bosnia, Spain and Netherlands.
“The chapter established here are indeed set
up under umbrella of Comanchero Australia, they have the same patch and logo and
so on. There are of course other groups that may have the same name but not same
logo like in UK but establishment here was indeed endorsed by Comanchero
Australia however the members of these chapters are not necessarily made up of
Australian nationals,” the officer said.
Meanwhile in Australia federal police have
noted Dutch nationals suspected of links with OMGs and deemed to be
methamphetamine “cooks” have been entering the country at the invitation of
local bikie groups looking to produce their own ecstasy hauls.
Some of the nationals are not known in
Australia for criminal activity and it’s only later through indirect
investigations, intelligence from overseas points to their background as being
involved in the trade of “cooking” drugs. If on a wholesale level, it would mark
a departure from where the OMGs operated just as foot soldier distributors for
larger organised crime groups targeting Australia notably from Albania,
Montenegro and Italy.