Bust sparks fear of bikie drug turf war

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

WEST Aus­tralian po­lice fear a drug turf war be­tween ri­val bikie gangs the Rebels and the Rock Ma­chine may es­ca­late into a ‘‘ cat­a­clysmic event’’.

Po­lice raided nine prop­er­ties yes­ter­day in an at­tempt to stop the vi­o­lence.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Nick An­ti­cich said po­lice found large-cal­i­bre guns, un­li­censed firearms and am­mu­ni­tion.

‘‘ His­tory has shown us that they cul­mi­nate in some sort of cat­a­clysmic event, ( with) se­ri­ous death and in­jury to those in­volved,’’ said. ‘‘ Quite of­ten as has been the case over­seas, in­no­cent peo­ple have been in­jured or killed as well.’’ Mr An­ti­cich said the state was see­ing an un­prece­dented level of or­gan­ised crime and they needed to sup­press the grow­ing ten­sions.

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