Cash, drugs seized as police swoop on Echuca bikies

Police have stung Bandidos bikie gang members during a series of raids near Echuca.

Detectives seized cash and drugs from properties associated with the gang.

Warrants were executed at the Bandidos’ clubhouse in Darling Street and at a house in Warpilla Avenue.

A 48-year-old Echuca man, who is a badged member of the Bandidos, was arrested at the Warpilla Avenue house and was helping police with their inquiries.

Inspector Ian Campbell said the operation showed that agencies could work together to combat illegal activity committed by outlaw motorcycle gang members.

Police from the Victorian Echo Taskforce and New South Wales Strike Force Raptor were involved in the raids.

“We have worked closely with our NSW counterparts, in particularly members within Strike Force Raptor, and these warrants are a culmination of those efforts,” Inspector Campbell said.

“Today’s results show that with a united front we can tackle illegal OMCG activity on either side of the border.”

The Echo Taskforce was established in May 2011 to target bikies from about 24 gangs with 56 chapters across Victoria. Strike Force Raptor was formed in 2009 and has made more than 1800 arrests in NSW. 


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