Fifth Rebel admits organised crime charge

A fifth member of the Rebels motorcycle gang has admitted being part of an organised criminal group, on the third day scheduled for pre-trial arguments in the Christchurch District Court.

Four members pleaded guilty yesterday and were remanded for sentence, and Arapata Thompson, 23, entered his plea today. Other charges have been dropped.

Thompson will join the others for sentencing on June 27. Judge Tom Gilbert remanded him on bail and asked for a pre-sentence report that will consider his suitability for home detention.

The court was told yesterday that the gang’s objective was to make money by dealing in cannabis and methamphetamine.

The arrests were made after police raids in March 2016, when the gang was based at its headquarters in a warehouse property in Vagues Road, Papanui.

Police say they found cannabis and methamphetamine, and $35,000 cash, as well as firearms. The police say some of the firearms were found in the room being used by Thompson.



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