Detectives from Serious and Organised Crime Branch arrested five men today after they were allegedly associating with members of declared criminal organisations.
About 8.20pm on Friday 23 April, police will allege members and associates of the Finks Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) attended a hotel on Murray Street at Gawler.
The Finks OMCG are a declared criminal organisation and it is an offence for people who are participants in a criminal organisation to be in a public place with two or more people who are also participants in a criminal organisation.
On Thursday 6 May, members from Serious and Organised Crime Branch arrested three members and two associates of the Finks OMCG. All men were charged with criminal association.
A 27-year-old man from Salisbury North, a 21-year-old man from Munno Para and an 18-year-old from Craigmore were all granted police bail to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court on 21 June.
A 57-year-old man from Craigmore was further charged for breach of bail, he was refused bail and will appear in court tomorrow (Friday 7 May).
A 20-year-old man from Munno Para was further charged with possessing a prescribed firearm without a licence and drug trafficking after police located a sawn off rifle, $1600 cash, and approximately 25 grams of cocaine. He was refused bail to appear in Elizabeth Magistrates Court tomorrow (Friday 7 May).
Detective Chief Inspector David Scutchings of Serious and Organised Crime Branch says, “Despite legislation that prohibits OMCG members from associating in public they continue to do so. Today’s arrests demonstrate SAPOL’s commitment to community safety by ensuring positive action is taken when receiving reports of such activity”.