Police raid local bikie clubhouse

Police raid local bikie clubhouse

Police made several arrests following a highly choreographed raid on the Gypsy Jokers last week.

Police have smashed through the fortified front gate of the Gypsy Joker clubhouse in Maddington in a choreographed crackdown on bikie drug peddling.

Detectives from the Gang Crime Squad took eight members of the OMCG, and two associates – one female, one male – into custody after six separate search warrants were executed last Thursday morning.

About 9am, officers from the Gang Crime Squad with assistance from the Tactical Response Group, Rapid Apprehension Squad, Police Air Wing and Drug and Firearm Squad, dramatically rammed through the front gate of the Gypsy Joker Clubhouse on Lower Park Road in Maddington and other premises in the eastern metropolitan area.

Around $450,000 in cash, one kilogram of cannabis and 13 grams of methylamphetamine were seized in the raids.

The officer in charge, Anthony Thompson, said the early morning raids were part of an ongoing investigation into the bikie-run drug trade, and followed on from a high-speed pursuit through Maddington on February 9, which put members of the community at risk. “Members of these gangs are not a law upon themselves,” Mr Thompson said, before vowing to continue the crackdown.

Joseph Smulders (41) from Canning Vale was charged with possessing illicit drugs with intent to sell/supply, possessing stolen property, possessing and cultivating cannabis plants with intent to sell/supply, and possessing a prohibited weapon.

Lewis Dolin (37) from Maddington was charged with reckless driving and evading police; police are alleging he was the instigator of the February 9 police chase.

Among a long list of other charges, he has also been charged with supplying a trafficable amount of methylamphetamine.

Cain Honeysett (25), from Seville Grove, was charged with possessing stolen property, possessing a trafficable quantity of methylamphetamine with intent to supply, and selling/offering to sell a prohibited drug.

It is being alleged he twice sold thousands of dollars of cocaine to an undercover police officer via Snapchat – a claim he is denying.

All three men appeared at the Northbridge Magistrates Court at the weekend where Mr Honeysett’s lawyer made an application for bail with home detention.

A report will come back to court later this month.

The five other patched members have been charged with a slew of offences related to illicit drugs, weapons, and the February police chase.

Those members include a 26-year-old man from Haynes, a 30-year-old man from Seville Grove, a 30-year-old man from Brookdale, a 33-year-old man from Warnbro and a 34-year-old man from Stoneville.

They will all face court within the next couple of weeks.

Anyone with information in relation to outlaw motorcycle gang activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at crimestopperswa.com.