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Comancheros boss Mark Buddle arrested at Newcastle Airport, accused of money laundering


By David Marchese

Updated Wed 29 Jul 2015, 12:10pm

A leading member of the Comancheros bikie gang is facing money laundering charges after he was arrested at a

New South Wales airport.

Mark Buddle has served as the national president of the Comancheros Outlaw Motorcycle Gang and was arrested

yesterday at Newcastle Airport after police were tipped off by Customs.

The Australian Border Force said he was on board a twin engine-plane that was chartered to fly from Melbourne to


More than $60,000 in undeclared Australian cash was allegedly found in his baggage by Customs officials.

The 30-year-old was charged with dealing with the suspected proceeds of crime, and moving more than $10,000 out of

Australia without a report.

Sergeant Jamie McClelland said the arrest was made by local investigators.

"Buddle's been charged with two offences under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act as well

as dealing in the proceeds of crime," he said.

"He was trying to move a large amount of currency from Australia.

"He was detected by Customs. When they did a check and searched his luggage they discovered a large amount of

currency that was in his luggage, and police were subsequently called.

"It was a good coordinated effort from both police and Customs to achieve the results that we have."

Buddle was taken into custody and is due to face Newcastle Local Court later today.

Topics: law-crime-and-justice, newcastle-2300

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