Very organised crime
Honour among thieves? Not so fast. It turns out that when it comes to the much-vaunted and often bloody rivalries between outlaw bikie gangs, cash is more powerful than colours. As a report in today’s Daily Telegraph reveals, what were once fearsome tribal disputes between warring gangs have all but disappeared as the lure of super profits are encouraging them to get together and form super clubs.
Known as “one percenters” by the cops, the NSW Crime Commission describes a world of headhunting and collusion that wouldn’t be out of place in the executive suite. According to the cops, while the day-today business is handled by members with “romantic” notions of being part of a bikie gang, the top players have realised that it pays to work together to maximise profits and evade detection.
While there hasn’t been an all-out bikie war since 2012’s Operation Raptor smashed much of the state’s club culture, what has come in its place has its own sinister side, with co-ordinating operations moved offshore and organised criminals more than willing to capitalise on Sydney’s booming drug market.