Australian bikie gangs who fled to Southeast Asia to allegedly escape law enforcement have been targeted by the Australian Federal Police for smuggling drugs internationally.
The gangs, including Comanchero, Hells Angels, Bandidos and Lone Wolf in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, have allegedly been smuggling drugs across Southeast Asia to increase flows of “tonnes of drugs” back into Australia.
The AFP alleges the offshore bikie gangs are responsible for trafficking drugs, including methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine, into Australia every year via other organised crime groups.
Police shone a torch on groups from Western Australia who have allegedly set up bases in Asia, with bikie members residing there temporarily and permanently.
In a bid to close the market for illicit drugs in Australia, law enforcement agencies across Asia, Europe and Australia met last month to share intelligence and jointly target the gangs.
AFP Assistant Commissioner Nigel Ryan said the Aussie gangs had expanded their influence in Southeast Asia over the past decade.
“Police operations during the past 10 years have targeted more than 30 Australian OMCG (outlaw motorcycle gang) members offshore by referring intelligence and information to local law enforcement,’’ he said.