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Accused criminal bikie ring named

Officers attached to Strike Force Oriental confiscate a motorcycle during the crackdown on the Coffs Harbour chapter of the Lone Wolf Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.
Officers attached to Strike Force Oriental confiscate a motorcycle during the crackdown on the Coffs Harbour chapter of the Lone Wolf Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

THE men accused of being the key players in the Coffs Harbour chapter of the Lone Wolf Outlaw Motorcycle Gang are before the courts facing a raft of drug supply, violence and firearm charges.

Fourteen gang members and associates, arrested by police under Strike Force Oriental have been publicly named.

The men are facing almost 70 charges in the wake of their arrests during simultaneous dawn raids in Coffs Harbour, Coramba, Middle Boambee, Sawtell and Toormina on Wednesday, April 4.

The men facing more serious charges have been remanded in custody while the accused are yet to enter pleas as police prepare their evidence against the men. 

Police allege the gang of bikies and their associates coordinated drug supply on the Coffs Coast and were behind a series of violent offences, including a home invasion in Cook Dr last September where three people were assaulted and one man was seriously injured.

It's also alleged two of the men were found in possession of illegal handguns.

During the raids police allegedly seized a .345 revolver and a semi-automatic 9mm pistol.

THE MEN ARRESTED BY STRIKE FORCE ORIENTAL: 

James Mark Fletcher

Charged with demand property with menace with intent to steal and robbery, participate in a criminal group assist criminal activity, aggravated break and enter commit a serious indictable offence, deal with the proceeds of crime, cause grievous bodily harm to a person with intent, two counts of a supply a prohibited drug, knowingly take part in the supply of drugs, four counts of use a carriage service to threaten serious harm and one count of use a carriage service to threaten to kill.

Neville John Luck

Charged with participate in a criminal group assist criminal activity and supply a prohibited drug.

Paul John Pincham

Charged with participate in a criminal group assist criminal activity, knowingly take part in the supply of a prohibited drug, two counts of supply a prohibited drug and dealing with the suspected proceeds of crime, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and aggravated robbery.  

Saia Finau Militoni

Charged with participate in a criminal group assist criminal activity, aggravated break and enter commit a serious indictable offence.

Nathan Ryan

Charged with possess an unregistered firearm, not keep a firearm safely, possess ammunition without a permit, use of an unauthorised firearm, knowingly take part in the supply of drugs, knowingly deal with the proceeds of crime, four counts of possess an anabolic androgenic steroidal, two counts of unlawfully possess unregistered stock medicine.

Jason Wayne Shipman

Charged with participate in a criminal group assist criminal activity, 11 counts of drug supply and knowingly take part in the supply of a prohibited drug.

Michael Why

Charged with drug supply, participate in a criminal group assist criminal activity, recruit a person to assist with criminal activity and aggravated break and enter, commit a serious indictable offence.

William Ballard

Charged with participate in a criminal group assist criminal activity and supply a prohibited drug.

Cameron Ballard

Charged with accessory after the fact of an offence, cause grievous bodily harm to a person with intent.

Wade Anthony Hallgath

Charged with aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence - inflict grievous bodily harm, and participate in a criminal group assist criminal activity.

Daniel John Ylias

Charged with possess anabolic or androgenic steroidal agent, two counts of supply a prohibited drug and two counts of possess a prohibited drug and participate in a criminal group assist criminal activity.

Bowen Hedges

Charged with participate in a criminal group assist criminal activity and knowingly take part in the supply of drugs.

Dean Edward Allgood

Charged with participate in a criminal group assist criminal activity, six counts of supply a prohibited drug and take part in the supply of a prohibited drug.

A teenager, who allegedly committed offences as a juvenile is also before the courts and can not be named due to legal reasons. 

The men are set to reappear in court again next month.

Topics:  coffs clarence police coffs harbour local court lone wolf outlaw motorcycle gang



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