‘Senior bikie’ charged over drug haul
January 28th, 2020, 10:14AMWritten by Staff Writer Weekend Courier
The seizure of methylamphetamine. Photo: WA Police.
POLICE have charged a man they say is a senior Comancheros bikie over a seizure of 59kg of methylamphetamine last year.
The drugs were seized last May, and at the time several people – from WA, New South Wales and Victoria – were charged.
The investigation continued and yesterday Organised Crime Squad detectives arrested a 33-year-old man at a home in Safety Bay.
Police allege the man, a senior member of the Comanchero Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, is a member of the Established Criminal Network in control of the illicit drugs.
He has been charged with having conspired to sell or supply methylamphetamine and laundering property/money from proceeds of a major offence.
He was refused bail and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today.
Detective Senior Sergeant Ray Horne from the Organised Crime Squad said the Established Criminal Network had remained on the WA Police force radar, as detectives continued to investigate those further up the chain of command.
He said the arrested man was on a list of “highest priority” targets.
“A criminal network involved in the movement of 59kg of methylamphetamine presents a real and immediate risk to the WA community, and our investigation didn’t stop last year when the first arrests were made,” he said.
“We have continued to gather intelligence and evidence to target those further up the chain of command.
“It is no surprise that there is such a strong link between what is a significant amount of illicit drugs and an outlaw motorcycle gang.
“The criminal activity undertaken by members and associates of outlaw motorcycle gangs directly contribute to the drug harm we see in our community every day, and we will continue to focus on identifying, disrupting and dismantling the criminal networks that hide among those gangs.”