A senior Hells Angels MC member allegedly caught with approximately 10 kilograms of methamphetamine, was expected to appear in Perth Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 19 March 2021.
Australian Federal Police (AFP) arrested the 53-year-old man after he dug up a duffle bag allegedly containing the drugs from bushland in Edgewater, WA on Thursday afternoon.
AFP officers were watching the man as he entered scrub next to a northern suburbs park and allegedly used his hands to dig an area of dirt covered by a tree branch.
Investigators allegedly saw the 53-year-old remove a large cloth duffle bag from the ground and swooped as he walked towards a nearby trail.
The bag was allegedly filled with several clear sealed bags containing a white crystalline substance, which police believe is methamphetamine.
Further testing is being done to determine the quantity and purity of the seized substance.
After the man’s arrest, WA Police Force Gang Crime Squad assisted the AFP’s National Anti-Gangs Squad on a further search of the bushland where the duffle bag had been buried and a search of the 53-year-old’s home in Perth’s south-eastern suburbs.
The man has been charged with trafficking a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs, contrary to section 302.2 (1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
The maximum penalty for the offence is life imprisonment.
AFP Superintendent Renee Colley said police refused bail, alleging the man is a senior Hells Angels member who regularly travels between WA and South Australia.
“This is yet another example of the links between outlaw motorcycle gangs and the illicit drug trade,” Superintendent Colley alleged.
“OMCGs are motivated by greed and this amount of meth could have been sold to 100,000 people, netting between $8 million and $10 million at current Perth prices.”
“We are not going to let criminal gangs profit at the expense of our communities and we will continue to be relentless in our efforts to stop the distribution of illicit drugs.”
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Source: AFP Press release