‘Bling, fancy cars and motorbikes’: Notorious Australian gangs are setting up overseas chapters and wreaking havoc by selling ice and stirring up violence
- Australian gangsters and deportees are joining illegal drugs trade in NZ
- They are blamed for the increased gang violence and changing the landscape
- The drugs syndicates in NZ are attracting new members through social media
- The annual illegal methamphetamine trade is about $600m in New Zealand
Gangsters deported from Australia are selling ice and stirring up violence overseas – while using social media to recruit new members.
Deported criminals are being sent to New Zealand and selling millions of dollars worth of methamphetamine, contributing to the country’s destructive drug problem.
Detective Superintendent Greg Williams, from New Zealand Police’s organised crime unit, said Comanchero, Rebels and Bandidos bikies are tactically targeting young men to join new chapters in the country.
‘You’ll see them on social media with all the bling, fancy cars and amazing motorbikes and they are trying to attract the youth into the gangs,’ he told 1 News.
Detective Superintendent Greg Williams, from New Zealand Police’s organised crime unit, said Comanchero (pictured), Rebels and Bandidos bikies are tactically targeting young men to join new chapters in the country
Mr Williams said the ‘bulk’ of the nine men who set up the New Zealand Comanchero chapter were deported from Australia.
He said there has been a spike in the number of gang members in New Zealand since the first Australian deportees set up Rebels and Bandidos chapters in 2011.
‘They think it is cool, but they are entering in an environment of violence, probably addiction and often long term imprisonment,’ Mr Williams said.
The Australian gangs were selling methamphetamine in New Zealand and causing tensions with more-established gangs.
About 16kg of meth is used in New Zealand each week, and gangs were making about $600million each year from selling drugs, Mr Williams said.
He said New Zealanders were willing to pay some of the highest prices in the world for ice, making the country vulnerable to international criminals looking to profit.
The money made from selling ice in New Zealand is often then sent overseas.
A recent spate of gang-on-gang violence and shootings was driven by the drug trade, Mr Williams said.
‘It’s all about money isn’t it, the gangs are criminal business entities, the patch is a franchise to operate under that gang environment,’ he said.
He said about 8kgs of meth worth $4million is consumed every week in Auckland and between 13kgs and 16kgs a week is sold throughout New Zealand.
Mr Williams said there has been a spike in the number of gang members in New Zealand since the first Australian deportees set up Rebels and Bandidos (pictured) chapters in 2011
He said about 8kgs of meth (pictured) worth $4million is consumed every week in Auckland and between 13kgs and 16kgs a week throughout New Zealand