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Police raid more than 70 biker gang addresses
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Police raid more than 70 biker gang addresses

Published: 07 Jun 2012 10:16 GMT+02:00
Updated: 07 Jun 2012 12:59 GMT+02:00

German police carried out another massive raid against biker gangs on Thursday morning, sending around 1,000 police officers to more than 70 addresses in and around Berlin – and special forces to one clubhouse.

Commandos from the GSG 9 busted into a building at 5am, smashing windows, using stun grenades and shooting dead a dog in the small town of Henningsdorf just north of the capital. As the day wore on and the arrested men were removed, detectives started tearing the walls apart looking for hidden drugs and weapons.

Unlike raids across northern Germany last month, including one in Berlin which had to be brought forward after details were leaked to the gang, Thursday’s operation targeted the Bandidos gang rather than their rivals the Hells Angels.

Officers struck at 74 flats and buildings used by the gang, with the aim of breaking up drug dealing operations and combating organized crime, a police spokesman said.

Seven outstanding arrest warrants against members of the Bandido chapter Del Este were also executed. The club’s president, a former policeman named only as Thorsten S., was also arrested on a warrant for robbery.

Public prosecutors have been investigating the gang since last year, and the raid had been planned for more than a month, even though the Bandidos have not been officially banned.

The police spokesman said there was no connection with the Berlin Hells Angels club ban and ensuing raid last month.

That raid was undermined by a leaked tip which police fear came from within their ranks, which enabled the Hells Angels to officially dissolve their club and move their money elsewhere.

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16:24 June 7, 2012 by Raydoggy
I bet these guys are probably very happy, because this gives them an out from the club that I bet most don't really want to be in at all, but are forced to stay because of, violent threats and misguided loyalty pressure. Most are probably good kids who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and woke up one morning and realized that they were in a position they couldn't get out of.
18:31 June 7, 2012 by rfwilson
@Raydoggy

Yeah, right! Good kids, huh?
22:31 June 7, 2012 by Whipmanager
Good KIDS? DOn't want to be a part? So now American excuses for bad people being bad are coming to Germany? Its not their fault, they are really good kids. They wouldn't beat people up if they had an alternative; HEy, they must have grown up in broken homes; or how about," can you really blame them? If the job market were better they wouldn't ahve to do this kind of stuff..."

1. I am sad my country exported this type of crap. these people are bad no matter what the excuse is. If they sell drugs, or kill or hurt seomone, they are just as guilty. there is no excuse fro being bad for many years. Maybe if it were just one time, and they didnt know, and feared they would be killed if they left, but if they stay beyond the first crime, they are as guilty as anyone else.

2. I'll bet that if the police went around and these people were to disappear, and no one saw them again, the majority of society wouldn't shed a tear. I am advocating that it should happen, but just noting that this is one case no one would be sad over.

3. They are not kids. They grew up in one of the best educated societies in the world. With some of the finest education (at least on the Western side). IF they are mostly from the east, it can be said that they are just following the political leaning that goes with the old east. The Russians and Stasi used to love drug dealers, pimps, the low lifes. They would sue them to do stuff that could easily get blamed on anyone but themselves- Criminal element is a great bastion for secretive services to take advantage of.

Wish the US would do this. Go into every Gang's place and wipe them all out. I remember the CAVEMEN in Kaiserslautern. They were wannabe HA's and acted like a buch of thugs. They would ahve an annual get together near the American Hospital and the Polizei would stay away, they seemed afraid of them.
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