Arrests disable WA outlaw bikie gang

A BERTRAM man (26) was among four outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) members who were arrested following an operation by the Western Australia National Anti-Gang Squad (NAGS).

On Friday, May 22, NAGS officers from the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Western Australian Police and WA Police Gang Crime Squad executed a search warrant on a property in Forrestdale.

The four were charged after police had located a 29-year-old man who had been held at gunpoint and assaulted by the president and other members of the Lone Wolf OMCG, and was assaulted.

During a search of the premises, a hand gun and baseball bat were located, while a revolver, handcuffs and bolt cutter were discovered during a second search on a property in Southern River, where the man was also believed to have been assaulted.

The 26-year-old Bertram man was charged with detaining another person with intent to gain benefit, causing bodily harm, being armed in a way that may cause fear, and possessing a prohibited drug. A 26-year-old Canning Vale man and a 39-year-old Success man were charged with detaining another person with intent to gain benefit, and causing bodily harm.

A 41-year-old Bassendean man was also charged with detaining another person with intent to gain benefit, causing bodily harm, and being armed in a way that may cause fear.

The four men are due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on June 8.

AFP Perth manager Matt Rippon said the arrests would seriously disable, if not dismantle, the Lone Wolf OMCG in WA.

�Joint law enforcement cooperation has all but shut down this outlaw motorcycle gang before it has had a chance to gain a foothold in WA,� Commander Rippon said.

�Together with our partner agencies, we will continue to focus on disrupting these violent gangs and putting an end to their illegal activity,� he said.

WA Police State Crime Acting Commander Paul Coombes said the Lone Wolf OMCG was the first OMCG to be successfully targeted by NAGS in WA, with others to follow.