Drive-by shootings and “targeted assassinations” are becoming more prevalent in the criminal underworld, with the influence of Australian deportees likely to blame, an internal police report says.
It comes as gangs become more sophisticated in promoting their lifestyle – hiring professional crews to film them on rides and posting flashy videos of themselves online with wads of cash so that they can post them online in an attempt to recruit others.
A police intelligence report obtained by Stuff reveals parts of the country have experienced unprecedented levels of gang violence in the past year, much of which can be attributed to the influence of deportees who have been influential in the establishment of motorcycle clubs like the Mongols and the Comancheros.
In Canterbury gang tensions were at an “all-time high” following the arrival of the Mongols in the region, with fire bombings and drive-by shootings. Police say the current climate is “relatively mild”.
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