Police move to crack down on Rebels 'cancer'
State and federal law enforcement agencies have joined forces to crack down on the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang, describing the group as a "cancer" in society.
Under the banner of the Serious Organised Crime Co-ordination Committee, law enforcement agencies believe they have already made a dent in the trade and membership of Australia's largest outlaw motorcycle gang.
More than 330 bikies have been arrested and 500 charges laid since the task force, code-named Attero, was launched on February 1 this year.
Committee chairman, NSW Police Acting Deputy Commissioner David Hudson, said it was the first national task force targeting bikies, which he said were a "threat to very fabric of our community" and a "cancer to our society".
Police have raided more than 300 premises associated with the Rebels, seizing more than 40 firearms and other weapons including knuckle dusters, stun guns, throwing stars, machetes, illegal knives and batons.
Mr Hudson said charges laid relate to drug manufacture and distribution, stalking, kidnapping, weapons trafficking and extortion.
He said outlaw motorcycle gangs had evolved considerably from burly bearded, long-haired men on motorbikes into sophisticated crime networks.
He said Middle Eastern crime syndicates had even infiltrated outlaw bikie gangs in NSW.
"This national task force will continue until the risk and the threat is diminished," he said.
More to come.