Police have escalated their targeting of the Comanchero network in recent months, viewing the gang as the most powerful and dangerous of the bikie underworld.
The gang’s national weapons sergeant, Tarek Zahed, recently left the country and has been given a serious crime prevention order in NSW’s Supreme Court.
The order requires him to hand over any communication device or computer to the police for investigation and prevents him from handling other bicycles and wearing bike equipment.
Judge Natalie Adams, in approving the order, noted police evidence that Comanchero was involved in drug and arms trafficking, with an extensive documented history of violence.
“The defendant’s long association with and involvement in the Comanchero OMCG, his seniority within the group and his long history of violent violations lead me to conclude that he is likely to continue to be involved in serious criminal activity,” Judge Adams said.
Last month Herald revealed that Zahed was detained in Lebanon after police sent an alarm through the global law enforcement agency Interpol.
Sir. Zahed told a court in Beirut that he did not want to return to Sydney and applied for Lebanese citizenship, according to court documents obtained and translated by Herald.
Police believe Mr Zahed is a close associate of offshore bikie boss Mark Buddle, who was previously based in the United Arab Emirates but is now believed to be in Lebanon.
“That [Comanchero] the group provides support for importing and distributing medicines. “If Zahed is allowed to enter Lebanon or Turkey, it is very likely that he will commit serious crimes and acts of violence under Comanchero’s name,” the Australian authorities warned in the announcement.