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Spirit of Tasmania used by Bandidos to import drugs into the state, police allege

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Last updated on July 2, 2020

Tasmania Police have charged the former president of a Bandidos motorcycle gang chapter with trafficking offences.

The 55-year-old Claremont man allegedly imported more than half a kilo of methylamphetamine and 83 grams of cocaine into the state aboard the Spirit of Tasmania in December last year.

He was arrested in Hobart on Tuesday morning following a joint operation between Tasmania Police’s Serious Organised Crime Division and the Australian Federal Police National Anti-Gangs Squad.

Acting Detective Inspector Nikala Parsons said the man was the president of the Hobart chapter of the gang at the time of the alleged offences.

“This arrest follows on from the large-scale police operation conducted at Dover on 10 June 2020,” said Detective Acting Inspector Nikala Parsons.

“Seven people have now been charged in connection with this seizure.”

“The disruption of these organised criminal entities within Tasmania will continue through the collaborative efforts of our partnership agencies, such as the National Anti-Gangs Squad.”

Earlier this month, two other members of the gang were also charged with trafficking for allegedly importing drugs on the Spirit of Tasmania.

Location: Australia
Writer: Sandy Powell
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