Bikie facing animal cruelty, drugs, weapons charges

A BIKIE has turned himself in to Police after malnourished and mistreated animals, as well as remains, were allegedly found at a property in the NSW Northern Rivers region during a raid by Police.

It’s been revealed, the shocking discoveries were made on September 30, as officers from the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor North searched a rural property at Lanitza, near Grafton.

The raid was being carried out for the purpose of a Firearms Prohibition Order (FPO), with prohibited drugs and weapons also allegedly seized.


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In a statement, released on Monday, Police revealed a small cannabis crop was located growing on the property.

“They also located a .303 rifle in long grass a short distance from the main homestead. It has been seized for forensic and ballistic examination,” the Police statement reads.

“A number of animals that appeared to be malnourished, had limited access to clean water, and some (that) were locked in small cages or confined to small spaces (were discovered).

“They also located deceased animals on the property.

“A crime scene was established and following an extensive search, officers seized ten cannabis plants, cannabis, cocaine, various calibres of ammunition, a firearm scope, fireworks, and a sling shot.”

RSPCA NSW seized the animals and has commenced their own investigation.

“Following extensive attempts to locate the man, he was arrested at Grafton Police Station just before 10am on Monday.

The 36-year-old life-member of the Gladiators was slapped with a range of animal cruelty, drugs and weapons charges.

He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Grafton Local Court in November.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au.

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