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Kalgoorlie bikies' gold-for-drugs plan thwarted

OFFICERS from Kalgoorlie's gold stealing detection unit, local police and the Perth-based gang crime and drug and firearm squads have arrested almost two dozen people, laid more than 50 charges and seized 30 tonnes of gold-bearing ore stolen from Western Australian mines, after uncovering a sophisticated criminal operation.

 WAPOL supplied image

WAPOL supplied image

Police conducted 17 raids with charges including possessing stolen gold-bearing ore, firearms, ammunition and illicit drugs. The police allege bikies in Kalgoorlie stole the ore before using mercury...

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