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Former Australian federal officer believes Comancheros will spark NZ gang war

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Section
Audio,
Publish Date
Thursday, 22 August 2019, 4:58PM
The Comanchero gang is becoming a bigger presence in New Zealand as they can struggle to operate in Australia. (Photo / Getty)

A former Australian federal policeman says New Zealand's not prepared for foreign gangs.

Adam, who only wants his first name known, was also a cop here, and says gangs like the Comancheros are being swollen by criminals deported from Australia.

Adam told Heather du Plessis-Allan that the Comancheros are more ruthless than the gangs that currently operate here, and he thinks a gang war is imminent.

"As you can see, it's getting worse. You wait till they get a griphold. And you've got gang members from other gangs defecting and heading to the Comancheros because they know what's coming."

He says that the Comancheros are barely able to operate in Australia, but they can operate "unmolested" in New Zealand.

He believes the justice system needs an overhaul if authorities are to cope, and the Police need assistance.

"The gangs you have here, the Mongrel Mob or Black Power, they hardly touch society at the moment, but that's going to change rapidly." 

Adam reiterates that this is his opinion, but he has spoken with other former police officers and they all believe that more needs to be done to stop the gang getting a bigger foothold. 

 

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