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A highly successful joint operation has seen a dozen arrests in Adelaide this week in relation to the distribution of illicit drugs by Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.

The operation has seen 22 properties searched this week by 180 personnel from SA Police (SAPOL), Australian Federal Police (AFP), Australian Border Force and the Australian Tax Office.

Investigations, led by SAPOL’s Serious and Organised Crime Branch and AFP’s National Anti-Gang Squad (NAGS), have led police to apprehending men they will allege are responsible for the drug distribution networks of the Hells Angels, Gypsy Jokers, Descendants and Bandidos.

To date police have made 12 arrests, including six OMCG members, and seized:

  • 460g of methyl amphetamine
  • 11424 MDMA Tablets
  • 90g of MDMA powder
  • 206g of cocaine
  • 2kg of cannabis and four plants
  • Weapons including knuckledusters, a shotgun and a machete
  • five vehicles

SAPOL Assistant Commissioner Scott Duval (Crime Service) said the investigation has been comprehensive and complex.

“A wide range of joint resources have been utilised to bring the operation to a highly successful resolution,” he said.

“I would like to thank everyone for their commitment to this operation, which ultimately has made the community safer today both through the removal of these drugs and the arrest of these individuals.

“It is important that Australian law enforcement agencies continue to work together and share intelligence to disrupt and dismantle organised crime.”

AFP Commander Peter Sykora, State Manager South Australia, said this operation was yet another example of the National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS) assisting state and territory police in targeting criminal groups leaching off the community.

“The AFP is committed to channelling the full effect of Commonwealth intelligence and resources to assist our colleagues at SAPOL and make South Australia a hostile environment for organised crime,” he said.

“Law enforcement and the community are sick of these groups carrying out violent acts and peddling drugs that endanger South Australians, and we are all committed to doing what we can to bring them to account for their actions.”

Four men were arrested on Wednesday:

  • A 26-year-old man from Salisbury Downs on two counts of trafficking a controlled drug who is due to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court (AMC) on 9 June.
  • A 20-year-old man from Hillbank on 10 counts of trafficking a controlled drug who appeared in the AMC yesterday and was remanded to appear again on 9 June.
  • A 21-year-old man from Salisbury Downs on three counts of trafficking, one of possessing steroids and one of possessing a dangerous article who is due to appear in the AMC on 9 June.
  • A 21-year-old man from Payneham charged with two counts of trafficking who is due to appear in the AMC on 9 June.

A further eight men were arrested yesterday. They are:

  • A 27-year-old man from Parafield Gardens who is charged with seven counts of a trafficking a controlled drug. He is expected to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court today.
  • A 27-year-old man from Edwardstown who is charged with five counts of trafficking a controlled drug and money laundering. He is expected to appear in the AMC today.
  • A 28-year-old Glenelg man who is charged with three counts of trafficking a controlled drug. He is expected to appear in the AMC today.
  • A 22-year-old man from Ingle Farm who is charged with six counts of trafficking a controlled drug. He has been granted bail and is expected to appear in the AMC on 9 June.
  • A 22-year-old man from Wynn Vale who is charged with six counts of trafficking a controlled drug. He has been granted bail and is expected to appear in the AMC on 9 June.
  • A 20-year-old man from Mawson Lakes who is charged with one count of trafficking a controlled drug. He has been granted bail and is expected to appear in the AMC on 9 June.
  • A 29-year-old man from Fulham Gardens who is charged with one count of trafficking a controlled drug and is expected to appear in the AMC on 16 June.
  • A 39-year-old man from Greenwith who is charged with four counts of trafficking a controlled drug. He is expected to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court today.

Police today noted that investigations are continuing and further arrests may occur.

Source AFP National Media / SA Police Media