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Drug-dealing biker gang busted

DDP/The Local · 25 Oct 2009, 14:46

Published: 25 Oct 2009 14:46 GMT+01:00

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Raids across Germany in recent weeks have resulted in the arrest of several suspected members of the gang, and the confiscation of over a hundred kilos of cocaine, marijuana, hash, amphetamines and thousands of Ecstasy tablets.

Investigators searched around 50 apartments and houses in northern Germany and Rhineland-Palatinate, as well as a Bandidos club house.

Miriam Cruchter, an investigator at the Customs Criminal Investigation Office told the news magazine Focus, "We have started to notice more and more Bandidos members are drug couriers and dealers. We will have to keep closer tabs on them."

Police identified a 27-year-old gang member from the small town of Oranienburg just outside Berlin as one of the main coordinators of the drug ring. Reports say he repeatedly smuggled hash and cocaine into the country and sold it. The suspect is a member of the Chicanos, described as a supporting sub-group of the Bandidos.

The Bandidos are embroiled in a European-wide rivalry with the Hells Angels, another biker gang suspected of organised crime activities, that has often descended into violence.

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A 32-year-old man was killed in a shoot-out at a Bandidos bar in Duisburg in North Rhine-Westphalia earlier this month, and in August a member of a biker gang was shot and killed in Berlin’s Hohenschönhausen district.

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20:21 October 25, 2009 by joyfulcalm
Comment: What the?? " a nationwide police operation which caught 15 suspected drug-dealers and smugglers" ONLY 15? that was a waste of man power & money to catch just 15 losers in a nationwide operation. Ridiculous!

And this statement by Miriam Cruchter, an investigator at the Customs Criminal Investigation Office, "We have started to notice more and more Bandidos members are drug couriers and dealers. We will have to keep closer tabs on them." UH, what kind of investigators are these that they just "started" to notice criminal activities from these gangs?? What did they think these bikers were doing, baking cookies?!

Holy Cow!, I'm afraid this article is going to make people run out and get their own guns for protection, for it seems the police across Germany haven't even figured out that most gangs are full of murders, rapists, drug dealers, pimps, and hired hit men! Makes you wonder what else they HAVEN'T noticed?
07:06 October 26, 2009 by Nemesis
If you find a member of the Bandido's in Sweden or denmark who is not a drug dealer, highlight that. It will be a first.

The fact they arrested only 15 bikers, implies that the police have not been doing there job. The num,ber should have been more like 1500 or 3000.

There really needs to be more European integration of police intelligence. If there was, then they could co-ordinate across the entire continent and remove this problem.
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