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WA Police seize drugs and firearms from Public Housing
« on: February 14, 2018, 03:33:11 PM »
WA Police seize drugs and firearms in gang raids

Gabrielle Knowles and Grant Taylor | The West Australian
Saturday, 24 June 2017

Police have seized 15 guns,drugs and ammunition during a crackdown targeting the Brothers 4 Life street gang in the past fortnight.

Seven alleged members are facing a combined 27 charges over assaults, illicit drugs and firearms offences after searches of homes and cars uncovered the arsenal of handguns, rifles and ammunition.

Methamphetamine, cannabis, cocaine and steroids were also seized during the raids.

The investigation has prompted a second Department of Housing inquiry into suspected illegal activities in taxpayer-funded houses, after the gang crime squad raided a Waikiki home on Wednesday.

A woman who claims to be the secretary of B4L lives at the Mornington Boulevard home, where police allegedly found ammunition, methamphetamine and drug utensils.

The woman will be charged by summons over the illicit items.

It comes just two weeks after police allegedly discovered the gang had set up its clubhouse at another public housing property in Waikiki. Department of Housing staff advised the principal tenant of that Woodlark Close home that she appeared to be in breach of her lease after police allegedly found evidence the home was used as a base for gang meetings and social events.

The tenant, who is not facing charges from the raid, is believed to be the partner of the gang’s founder, who lives with her at the home with two of his sons who are also in the gang. She refused to voluntarily vacate the home — which bears a mural on a garage door featuring the gang’s distinctive logo of a pair of AK-47 assault rifles — so the department will have to seek a court order to have the lease terminated.

In the past fortnight, police have searched nine properties linked to suspected members and associates of B4L as part of efforts to disrupt the activities of street gangs.

“This operation has also been motivated by concerns over alleged offending and antisocial behaviour by members,” Det-Sen. Sgt Jason Blaine said. “Our officers continue to work with other State Government departments and law enforcement agencies to achieve these results for the community.”

Department of Housing general manager of service delivery Greg Cash said illegal use of public housing would not be tolerated. “The Housing Authority continues to liaise closely with WA Police in relation to their ongoing investigations of potential illegal activities at our dwellings,” he said.

“If illegal use of any public housing property is substantiated, action can and will be taken to terminate the tenancy.”


B4L established in Perth last year and is believed to have about 20 members.

Anyone with information regarding any gang is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestopperswa.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously and rewards are offered.

Conflict of Interest Statement: Mary-Jane is Editor of Perth Gay News and The Media Annuncio of the Perth Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence of the Abbey of the Black Swan.

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WA Police seize drugs and firearms from Public Housing
« on: February 14, 2018, 03:33:11 PM »