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Suspect Mongols in MEL airport deportation drama

November 30, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

The arrival of apparent Mongols into Australia got things moving rapidly at Melbourne International Airport.

Two American men who arrived at the airport on a flight from Los Angeles drew the attention of Australian Border Force (ABF) officers. During a subsequent examination, the ABF said it established links between the men and the Mongols motorcycle gang.

The Americans had their visas cancelled and were swiftly removed from Australia. The reason? They were deemed have links to an outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG). That’s enough to invalidate a visa, so both Americans had their visas cancelled under s116(1)(e) of Australia’s Migration Act 1958.

The Mongols rank among “the 10 most dangerous motorcycle gangs in America”, according to a recent examination by California-based news and information website

Based in Southern California. Mongols membership is estimated at about 1500. says the Mongols are a “powerful force” in Southern California (SoCal).

“With the help of standing allegiances with Latino street gangs, the Mongols took control of the SoCal from the Hells Angels in the 1980s and still hold the turf today,” the site says.

Mongols club patch

According to the profile, most of the Mongols are Hispanic or Native American.

“The Mongols remain a violent and active gang today,” the site says, noting that in 2008 “60 gang members were arrested on charges including trafficking, racketeering and murder”. The Mongols’ motto is: “Respect few, fear none.”

Acting ABF regional commander Greg Dowse said the ABF is committed to protecting the Australian community from harm.

One of the suspect Americans being interviewed by ABF officers. What appears to be a motorcycle jacket is visible on the counter. Photo, ABF

“These gangs pose a significant threat to our community and are known to be involved in serious criminal activity including drug trafficking and violent crime,” Dowse said.

“Any non-citizen involved with a criminal organisation such as a bikie gang can expect to be identified and targeted by the ABF, have their Australian visa cancelled and then be removed from the country.”

Written by Peter Needham

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