A 40-year-old Nicholls man will face court this morning (17 February) charged with possessing prohibited weapons.
Police will allege the man is the president of the ACT chapter of the Satudarah Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.
At about 5:40 pm on Saturday (15 February), police responded to reports of a man armed with a weapon trying to gain access to a residence in Belconnen.
Police attended, however, the alleged offender had already left the location when police arrived. He was located a short time later driving a maroon Mitsubishi Outlander.
Police conducted a search of the vehicle which revealed a 38 cm extendable baton and a set of metal knuckle dusters.
The man was arrested and charged with two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon.
The arrest follows an increase in gang-related activity in Canberra suburbs, including a shooting in the Tuggeranong suburb of Gordon on 11 February, and shots fired at the front of a house and a fire set in the garage at the rear of a property in Kambah on 14 February.
Taskforce Nemesis, which targets illegal outlaw motorcycle gang activity in the ACT, is investigating the incidents. Last year, the taskforce laid 80 charges in relation to gang-related violence against 36 gang members.
The Satudarah gang join the Rebels, the Comancheros and the Nomads with chapters in the ACT. Satudarah means ‘one blood’ in the Malay language and has around 4000 members worldwide and chapters in Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Morrocco, France, Indonesia and Thailand.
Anyone with information on criminal gang activity to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously.