Armed police raid on Head Hunters MC in Christchurch ends with four arrests

Head Hunters MC

Four people have been arrested after police raided two properties linked to the Head Hunters MC in Christchurch.

Police searched the club’s fortified headquarters in Vickerys Rd, Sockburn, and a Cashmere house linked to senior member Darrin Baylis on Wednesday morning.

A police spokeswoman said members of the armed offenders squad were involved in the operation “as a precaution”.

Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Farrant said police arrested two men in their 30s, another in his 50s and a woman in relation to the search warrants.

All four appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Wednesday on a variety of charges, including possession of explosives, ammunition and class A drugs.

The Head Hunters took over the Vickerys Rd property from the now defunct Epitaph Riders bikie club in October 2015.

The club was considered the dominant force in the Christchurch underworld until a lengthy police investigation, Operation Block, exposed suspected drug dealing in its ranks in December 2016.

As a result, several Head Hunters members and associates are still before the courts on several charges, including supplying methamphetamine and participating in an organised criminal group.

The Vickerys Rd pad and other assets linked to the club remain frozen under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009.

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Source: Stuff