Inside the Head Hunters

In the pantheon of Kiwi crime cartier fake ring cheap, no single gang commands respect or conveys menace the way the Head Hunters do.Recent raids are far from their first brush with police. The rap sheets of its membership which has changed dramatically in recent years covers almost the entire spectrum of the Crimes Act.Police searched and raided the Headhunters HQ in Ellerslie. Cars and motorbikes were siezed during the search. A 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 leaves on a towtruck.A gun found several weeks ago in the Auckland suburb of Mt Wellington as part of Operation Sylvester. Photo / SuppliedDrugs and violence feature strongly. There are murder convictions. Beyond those cases which have made it to court are questions unspoken in the underworld about people last seen with the Head Hunters but never been seen again.They began as a street gang. Patched, The History of Gangs In New Zealand has the most definite published account of their roots.One of the earliest members was Wayne Doyle. If New Zealand gangs ever had a Godfather figure, it was Doyle.Wayne Doyle. Photo / Christine CornegeThe teenagers who formed a bond in the early 1970s were serious contenders a decade later. He refused to budge.While Doyle sat inside, those on the outside developed their own path. In the style of the gangs growing in the United States and Australia, they started riding motorcycles and attached the "MC" for "motorcycle club" to their patches. Doyle would apparently say later it stood for "Mad C".By the mid 1990s, the Head Hunters were in the form which would dictate their next 15 years. They were always a tight crew, compact and hard. Their size was their strength everyone knew what the others were doing, everyone knew someone else had their back.Membership stayed between 20 and 30 members.The gang set up West and North Auckland chapters although their main headquarters would become East chapter in Marua Rd, Ellerslie. A quote from The Godfather movie was once seen on the wall there: "Real power can't be given. It must be taken."Police search Headhunters HQ in Ellerslie. Armed police at all entries to the building with members of the gang gathering outside. Photo / Nick ReedA photograph taken in 1998, obtained for a 2005 feature on Auckland's drug trade, portrays the gang as "The Class of '98" almost a graduation picture of a serious criminal group which had completed the journeyman phase and was ready for mastery of its trade.READ MOREDrug trade: Long arm of billion dollar drugs business reaches NZDrug trade: The hard sell making drugs match marketAnd so the gang grew not in size cartier replica love ring wedding band, but in impact and organisation cartier love white gold bracelet replica. The Head Hunters reach was growing.That reach was there to help methamphetamine grow from a cottage industry into a full blown epidemic which made fortunes throughout the underworld.An apocryphal story of the P boom was a meeting in the late 1990s featuring Head Hunters members and representatives of other gangs. Property developer Mark Lyon was the focus of the meeting and his money the object.It was said to be the start up fund for the methamphetamine trade. Dr Gilbert wrote in Patched . that Lyon was said to have lost up to $800,000 through the practice of taxing effectively surrendering wealth in submission to pressure from the gangs.READ MORE: Developer's mansion raided in tit for tatHowever they began, the Head Hunters were never far from the sharper end of the business. They were evolving into a new style of gang one laws were ill suited to match.West Aucklander Peter William Cleven went on trial accused of running one of the country's largest drug networks after police seized his palatial Titirangi home, a Harley Davidson motorbike, Mercedes Benz convertible and a speedboat.

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