Police hit high-ranking bikies with new powers

SOME of the most high-ranking bikies in NSW have been hit with new conditions which give police the power to search without a warrant, anywhere, anytime.

Under new laws, passed in state parliament earlier this month, members of outlaw motorcycle clubs can be served Firearm Prohibition Orders, which ban them from acquiring or using guns and ammunition.

Police don't need a warrant to search anyone who has been served.Armed with their new powers, detectives from the gang squad set their sights on the Rebels- the nations biggest outlaw gang.Of the 32 orders served, the majority were issued to patched members including four senior office bearers, two chapter presidents and a national sergeant at arms.

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Twelve were arrested, 38 charges were laid and drugs and bootleg alcohol seized.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the law allowed police to stop and search people, their homes and their businesses, "whenever we feel it necessary".

He said that while the Rebels had been the focus over the past few days, police would continue to target other outlaw gang members and those with a propensity for violence in coming months.

There are currently 89 orders in place across NSW.

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