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Patched members of the Comanchero gang from Australia have set up a chapter in New Zealand. Photo / Instagram.

Australia’s outlawed gangs have crossed the ditch to elbow into the lucrative meth market on our side of the Tasman.

Police say it was “inevitable” the Comanchero gang would open a chapter in New Zealand after 14 patched members deported from Australia.

Musclebound and riding gold-plated motorcycles, Australia’s most dangerous gang have made a bold statement.

“All done and sworn in…welcome aboard to my brothers in New Zealand,” says the Instagram post by an Australian member of the Comancheros.

“Another Comanchero chapter opened up. We growing stronger and stronger.

It’s a no-brainer for gangs who are banned from congregating in Australia to cross the ditch and either work with or against gangs here.

Chapters of other Australian motorcycle gangs, the Rebels and the Bandidos, have been established in New Zealand for some time and involved in the lucrative drug industry.

And we can’t say we didn’t see this coming.

For several years, the police have warned of how these “Kiwis” – many of whom had lived in Australia for all their lives – would return to commit crimes and bolster the professionalism of the New Zealand underworld.

So, what are we going to do about it? Not much it seems, about a problem that is worsening by the day. The police have their hands full and the government has gone to sleep on the subject.

“A few nights ago two males were kidnapped and beaten with a hammer. It was gang driven and they have been very difficult to deal with,” he said.

Reports of intimidation have increased lately as the underworld of gangs, methamphetamine and violence continues.

In the South Waikato, Putaruru sergeant Daniel Peat said police were making moves to keep the Killer Beez out of the district. There are already high numbers of Headhunters, Black Power and Mongrel Mob members.

“We have put a lot of resource into it because we don’t want another gang moving in,” he said.

Peat said criminal gangs were the main overseers of the district’s illegal drug trade.

“Gangs essentially drive the drug trade.”




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