WA Police have slapped four people with 15 charges following a national day of action targeting Hells Angels bikies.
Operation Morpheus, which was launched in 2014, involves all State and Territory police forces working together to crack down on various outlaw motorcycle gangs.
This year’s target was the Hells Angels club — one of the world’s oldest gangs, notorious for its violence and links to organised crime.
WA police raided 10 houses yesterday, seizing more than $23,000 of cash, methamphetamine and a large amount of steroids as part of the operation.
WA’s National Task Force Morpheus representative Det. Supt Tony Longhorn said the operation was critical to investigations and intelligence gathering.
“Outlaw motorcycle gangs use their networks of chapters across the country, and across the world, to facilitate a range of criminal activities including the activities linked to the illicit drug and firearm trades,” he said.
“By working together across national and international borders we gather important intelligence… to support current and future investigations.
“The Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang in particular has a long history of violence and intimidation, and have strong links to other serious & organised crime groups …across the world through their overseas Chapters.”
AFP NAGS Act. Supt Jason McArthur said bikie gangs were “not families or a ‘brotherhood’”.
“The Hells Angels – like every other bikie gang – is trying to recruit new members and associates only to facilitate its criminal ventures and make money,” he said.
“Our message to OMCGs and their supporters is clear – we are working together and we will be relentless. We will outsmart you.”