A man will appear in Wagga court today (24 June) charged with participating in a criminal group after Murrumbidgee Police dismantled an outlaw motorcycle gang’s clubhouse and made four arrests.
This week’s raid follows a four month investigation into the activities of the Mid-State chapter of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) throughout the Riverina.
Strike Force Yatama was established in February, with specialist officers from Southern Region Operations Support Group and South East Region Enforcement Squad assisting investigators.
At 9 am on Thursday, two search warrants were executed in Leeton and resulted in two immediate arrests.
A man aged 48 was arrested at a home on Coolamon Street, during which time police located a clubhouse in a detached shed of the property.
The clubhouse was dismantled, and police seized a large amount of Bandidos OMCG paraphernalia including clothing, vests, insignia, patches and memorabilia.
Motorcycles, physical documentation, knives, electronic devices and storage devices were also seized for further investigation.
At the same time, a second man aged 45 was arrested at a business on Toorak Road.
The men were taken to Leeton Police Station, where they were both charged with ‘participate criminal group’, ‘contribute criminal activity’ and ‘demand property with menaces with intent to steal’.
The men – who police allege are members of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang – were refused bail to appear before Griffith Local Court today (Friday 24 June 2022).
At around 6 pm on Thursday, two more arrests – a 39-year-old man and 37-year-old woman – were at made Narrandera Police Station.
They were both also charged with ‘participate criminal group’, ‘contribute criminal activity’, and ‘demand property with menaces with intent to steal’.
The man was refused bail to appear before Wagga Wagga Local Court today while the woman was granted conditional bail to appear before Narrandera Local Court on Friday 19 August 2022.
Investigations under Strike Force Yatama continue.
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