Kiwi biker gang leader in court after raid


A man is to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today after a pre-dawn raid by police which shut down a Kiwi bikie clubhouse.

Police executed a search warrant on the Highway 61 clubhouse at Tingalpa in Queensland on suspicion of trafficking of dangerous drugs, identity crime and property and weapons offences, 7 News reports.

The Highway 61 Motorcycle Club began in Auckland in 1968 and has expanded to other regions of New Zealand as well as Australia.

Armed officers broke down the club door while the police air units watched from above. Weapons and drugs were seized.

Six people were found on the premises, and a club leader was arrested at the scene and taken away by authorities.

Police alleged the 47-year-old was the Sergeant at Arms of Highway 61 OMCG Brisbane Chapter, 7 News reports.

He has been charged with five counts of supplying a dangerous drug, three counts of break and enter, three counts of receiving, three counts of tainted property, possession of explosives (.243 ammunition) and breach of bail conditions.

Taskforce Maxima has been investigating members of Highway 61 Motorcycle Gang since September 2015.

Since the search warrant, police have taken action against a further seven people in relation to 28 charges.

Police issued a notice to appear to two men, aged 34 and 35, for possession of drug utensils (ice pipes) and a 22-year-old man for possession of cannabis, The Courier Mail reports.

The search warrant is part of a wider effort by police to crack down on illegal crime in Australia.

Police executed search warrants in relation to associates of Highway 61 at Griffen and Manly.

According to The Courier Mail, police say around 26kg of ice, 160g of MDMA, 400ml of fantasy (GHB) and AU$5000 in cash was found.

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