Joint OMCG operation leads to arrests in South Australia

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This is a joint media release issued by the Australian Federal Police and South Australia Police

Ten Adelaide properties were raided by police last night (Thursday, 8 September 2016) following the culmination of a lengthy joint operation involving the South Australia Police, Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS).

Operation Anna, focused on members and associates of the Descendants Outlaw Motor Cycle Gang (OMCG), led to the arrest or report of seven men, mostly for drug offences.

The SA Police Serious Crime Task Force led the property searches, during which the following seizures were made:

  • 168 grams of methamphetamine
  • 2000 ecstasy pills
  • 11kg of dried cannabis
  • 21 cannabis plants being grown hydroponically
  • about $145,000 cash
  • vials of steroids
  • a traffickable quantity of cocaine
  • a traffickable quantity of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (Fantasy)
  • three prohibited weapons (batons)
  • eight firearms/ammunition

Police also seized a number of cars, a fishing boat and motorcycles, which were allegedly purchased with the proceeds of crime.

Detective Superintendent Craig Patterson, the officer in charge of the SA Police Serious and Organised Crime Branch, said the investigation had been comprehensive and complex.

“A number of joint resources have been used to bring the operation to a highly successful resolution, including the AFP’s National Anti-Gang Squad which is embedded within the Serious and Organised Crime Branch,” Det. Supt Patterson said.

“We will allege the three men arrested last night include a senior member of the Descendants OMCG.

“This investigation is ongoing and we will continue to work in partnership with other law enforcement agencies to tackle organised crime groups, including OMCGs who are involved in the importation, manufacturing and supplying of illicit drugs.”

AFP Detective Superintendent Sandra Booth, Coordinator SA Operations and Intelligence, said this result highlighted the strength of the cooperation between federal and state agencies.

“The National Anti-Gangs Squad and SA Police are working more closely than ever, and the success of this operation highlights just how effective our collaboration can be,” Det. Supt Booth said.

“Members of outlaw motorcycle gangs may believe they can operate outside the law – they cannot. We will continue to target organised criminal syndicates to ensure the safety of the community.”

Those arrested or reported were:

  • A 26-year-old man from Salisbury Heights, who was arrested and charged with seven counts of trafficking a controlled drug, two counts of supplying a controlled drug, possess a commercial quantity of a controlled drug for sale. Bail has been refused and he will appear in Elizabeth Magistrates Court today.
  • A 31-year-old man from Brahma Lodge, who was arrested and charged with two counts of supplying a controlled drug, resisting police and hindering police. Bail has been refused and he will appear in the Adelaide Magistrate's Court today.
  • A 27-year-old man from Salisbury Heights, who was arrested for trafficking in a controlled drug and was bailed to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court later this month.
  • A 65-year-old man from Brahma Lodge, who was reported for cultivating cannabis and possessing prescribed equipment.
  • A 26-year-old man from Prospect, who was reported for possession of a prescribed medication.
  • A 30-year-old man from Parafield Gardens, who was reported for possession of dangerous articles and drug diverted.
  • A 24-year-old man from Seaton, who was reported for possession of prescribed equipment.

Those who have been reported will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date.

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