DRUGS, cash and weapons have been seized in police raids, with four senior bikies now in police custody.
WA Police confirmed the Gang Crime Squad had executed several search warrants today, targeting members of the Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.
The raids were carried out as part of a national day of action, and search warrants were executed in Landsdale, Thornlie, Darch, Girrawheen, Nollamara, Butler and Ellenbrook.
It will be alleged drugs, cash and weapons were found in today’s operation – including an electronic stun device and a military-style bayonet.
Police said charges were pending and inventory seized from the search warrants were being analysed.
Detective Senior Sergeant John Mottolini from the Gang Crime Squad said police believed they had disrupted the Mongols’ operation even though they’re smaller than other OMCGs.
“We’ve significantly disrupted this particular OMCG group,” he said.
“When we get the numbers of people charged compared to how many there are, close to 50 per cent of them will be charged.”
DSS Mottolini said coordinated, targeted law enforcement activities were an important part of disrupting criminal activity associated with outlaw motorcycle gangs.
“If left unchecked, outlaw motorcycle gangs would pose a greater threat to the community – they would expand their criminal networks and expand their criminal activity,” he said.
“You only have to look at the history of the Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, both here and overseas, to learn their history of violence and links to established criminal networks.
“Actions like today are important to gather intelligence on their operations and to put them on notice that law enforcement agencies are watching them – and will detect their criminal activity.
“Outlaw motorcycle gangs can continue to expect a significant focus being put on them by both law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies.
“No one in the community believes their claims to simply being a bunch of blokes riding motorcycles – that cover story hasn’t worked for many years now.
“The safety of our community is paramount, and we will continue to disrupt the criminal activity being conducted by outlaw motorcycle gangs in Western Australia.”