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Police 'hell bent' on stifling gang in Tas

AAP logoAAP 14/09/2016 Andrew Drummond

Police used an armoured "Bearcat" vehicle to ram their way into a fortified bikie gang property in northwest Tasmania near the Bass Strait ferry wharf and investigators are investigating whether the address has been used to run drugs interstate.

More than 30 personnel including federal police agents and border force officers were part of the dawn raid at east Devonport on Wednesday.

The search uncovered 10 grams of the drug known as ice and thousands of dollars. A 26-year-old man with links to a new chapter of the Bandidos outlaw bikie gang was arrested, Tasmania Police inspector Glen Ball said.

The man was facing charges involving drugs and stolen property, and had been bailed to face court at a later date.

"We believe he's been associating with the start-up chapter of the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle group and that's why he's come into our focus," Insp Ball told reporters.

"That particular gang, we're scrutinising their particular set-up and we're hell bent on making sure that they don't set up in this state."

The property was fitted with steel reinforced rollerdoors which Insp Ball said were designed to prevent "speedy access by police".

The house's location was also of interest. "It is directly opposite where the Spirit of Tasmania berths. We're looking at whether or not there's any linkages to that," the officer said.

A subsequent search of a second Devonport property resulted in the arrest of a 28-year-old man, who police allege is the president of the gang.

He was charged with assault relating to a 2014 incident at a pub.

The gang had five members, three of whom had been charged with criminal offences, police said.

"From five, it can spread and we don't want that many in our community," Insp Ball said.

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