National joint operation targets Rebels OMCG

A national joint operation targeting the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang and specifically aimed at disrupting their criminal activities has resulted in the arrest of six people on 14 charges in Queensland.

Led by Taskforce Morpheus, police from across Australia and New Zealand yesterday joined forces to undertake action targeting the Rebels OMCG. The disruption activities included the execution of coordinated search warrants in addition to intelligence led action, used by police to lay the foundation for future strategic based operations.

To date, six people have been charged with 14 offences, 59 intelligence submissions have been made and three tasers and 240g of cannabis has been seized. Three patched members of the club have also commenced the process of formally disassociating from the club.

Outlaw motorcycle gangs continue to present a significant risk to the community, particularly with regards to organised crime as they continue to promote their presence in all Australian states and territories.

Recognising themselves as the one-percenters combined with their potential to use their network to commit acts of violence and intimidation, the Rebels OMCG is a highly established crime network and very distinct from recreational motorcycle groups and clubs.

National Taskforce Morpheus was formed in September 2014 to build on the success of National Task Force Attero which targeted the Rebels OMCG and resulted in 4149 Rebels members, nominees or associates arrested or reported and 5,756 charges between June 2012 and December 2014.

The multi-agency National Task Force Morpheus is a joint initiative of all law enforcement agencies and Commonwealth partners and is primarily focused on facilitating the collaborative targeting of outlaw motorcycle gangs who pose a risk to communities in Australia and New Zealand and our international neighbours.

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