Police arrest Bandidos OMCG senior member and seize cannabis worth $1.65 million
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21st April 2020

Police arrest Bandidos OMCG senior member and seize cannabis worth $1.65 million

Elijah Farley
On Monday 13 April 2020, The NSW police raided a 285-acre property in Coolah and obtained 250 kilos of dried cannabis estimated to be worth $1.65 million. Acting on a public tip-off, NSW police investigated the allegation and after extensive detective work, they got a warrant to search the premises.

A Bandidos Motorcycle Club member was arrested on the property alongside two other men. The three were charged with cultivating the prohibited plant for commercial purposes, supplying prohibited drugs for commercial purposes. They will also answer for participating in the Outlawed Bandidos Motorcycle Club (OMCG). The three men are aged 47, 45, and 21. They were taken to Dubbo police station where all three were denied bail. According to the arresting officers, the 45-year-old is a senior member of the OMCG but it is not clear whether the other two were also leaders or foot soldiers.

A day after they were arrested(Tuesday

In addition to the cannabis they seized, the police also recovered a shotgun and several rounds of ammunition. More dried cannabis which was stashed in a shed on the premises was also confiscated. Some equipment that detectives believe was used to put the 285-acre property on cannabis cultivation were also confiscated. The 285-acre parcel is located near Coolah along Cainbil Road, approximately 110km north of Mudgee.

A day after they were arrested(Tuesday 14 April 2020), the accused were presented at the Orange Local Court where they applied for bail but their applications were denied. The Coolah NSW Police intend to argue in court that the three gentlemen were responsible for the large-scale production and supply of cannabis throughout New South Wales.

Police arrest Bandidos OMCG senior member and seize cannabis worth $1.65 million

In Queensland, possession or use of cannabis is treated as a criminal offense. Granted, those found with small amounts of cannabis might not necessarily be convicted. For instance, residents of New South Wales that are caught with less than 15 grams of the drug can be given diversions or cautions that are typically issued at police stations. The police are allowed to do this by the NSW Criminal Procedure Act (1986). But the same cannot be said of those found cultivating and distributing the illegal drug for commercial purposes. The three that were arrested will most likely face the music.

Following the arrest, the police are still going on with investigations to try to nab more people that were involved with the Cannabis cultivation or distribution in New South Wales. They are very optimistic that more arrests will be made soon.

The drugs are firearms squad is leading the investigation and they have welcomed the general public to reach out to them if they have any information about the gang.

Any relevant information can be shared with the crime stoppers via their toll-free number (1800 333 000). Alternatively, members of the public can share information on their official website at https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/. Community policing is the most effective method of curbing such vices in society. Members are encouraged to avoid using the hot line for hoaxes and unintelligible information as that might tie-up valuable police resources that would otherwise be put to good use.

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