Lone Wolf bikie gang faces almost 100 criminal charges

EIGHT members of the dismantled bikie gang accused of ruling organised crime in the Coffs Harbour community were back before the courts this week.

Between them, the alleged members of the Lone Wolf outlaw motorcycle gang face almost 100 charges related to participation in a criminal group, guns, drugs and violence.

Three are charged over the violent Father's Day home invasion at Park Beach where a 41-year-old man was almost bashed to death in front of his family.

Michael Why, the alleged Sergeant at Arms, and Nathan Ryan, who was arrested when raids of a body building business and home at Park Beach uncovered balaclavas, drugs, cash and a gun, were both refused bail in the Coffs Local Court.

Their co-accused, Saia Militoni, was released on bail on the strict conditions that he surrender his passport, not contact any other members and report to the Dee Why Police Station once a day.

Jason Shipman, who is accused of supplying drugs and possessing guns and ammunition, was also refused bail.

Alleged president Neville Luck remains on bail along with Paul Pincham, Wade Hallgath and Dean Allgood.

The eight were among 19 alleged offenders arrested by police during a special operation which ran from January 2011 to May, 2012.

Strike Force Oriental was established following a string of violent crimes across the Mid North Coast including the Father's Day home invasion and the armed robbery of a guard at the Park Beach McDonalds.

Almost every member of the Lone Wolf Chapter was arrested and the court has since banned them from contacting each other.

Investigations are continuing.

All accused will be in the Coffs Harbour court on May 28 when it is expected they will be committed to the Sydney District Court.

Topics:  bikie gang lone wolf outlaw motorcycle gang motorcycle gang organised crime

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