Rebels vs King Cobras – what’s happening and how Judith’s approach makes it worse

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Gang war for Māngere: Inside the Rebels and King Cobras feud

A simmering turf war between the King Cobras and the Rebels has exploded in recent weeks with a spate of shootings and arsons. In his first interview about the conflict, detective inspector Chris Barry reveals how police are trying to bring an end to the war for Māngere

The fundamental problem with the looming gang war is that no one is attempting to understand what is happening.

The NZ domestic gang scene has been swamped by 501 syndicates who are far more violent than the NZ underworld.

They are standing over local gangs and taking their turf.

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Take the Rebels vs KCs. This is a war over who gets to control the Auckland airport.

The KCs have long had the South Auckland contacts to steal and take what they like through customs in the airport.

It’s a lucrative scam that keeps the King Cobras in the alpha position of Auckland gangs alongside the Head Hunters and Hells Angels (those two gangs have control over the Sea Ports).

The Rebels are a 501 syndicate and they want control over the Airport because the South American cartels are shipping high quality meth through Auckland Airport and can’t control product because the King Cobras won’t play with them because no one can buy a KC.

If the Rebels control KC airport privileges they will also act as the delivery mechanism for that meth as well, so the 501s gain the airport as an entry point alongside the delivery process throughout the country.

This would be a VERY bad outcome and directly strengthen cartel power in NZ.

Judith’s position is to lock them all up.

Good luck with that.

Arresting everyone would give the Rebels an advantage and that would be disastrous.

The gang world is like Game of Thrones but with less incest and more violence. If you don’t understand why these things are happening then you will inadvertently make it worse.

Let’s be clear, the last thing we need are South American drug cartels expanding their interests in NZ, everything must be considered in stopping that from happening.

This is too important for counterproductive get tough on crime rhetoric – we need to get smart on crime instead.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Another scary aspect is that the cartels will often use large sums of money or threats of violence (or both), to corrupt both Police & politicians. So if things go quiet on the gang front, it doesn’t necessarily mean the problem has been “solved”, merely that accommodations & understandings have been made between the various “stakeholders”.

    Of course no one in Government (any party) will address in any real way, the societal issues that lead to the demand for illicit drugs and makes gang membership look like a positive career choice for some.

    • How what? How do you threaten or corrupt politicians or Police officers? Well that’s relatively easy, especially if that is your main line of business. Fixing all of society’s woes, creating an utopian society where everyone feels respected & valued, and has all their needs met, well that is somewhat harder.

      That is why politicians usually go for the default of “lock them up & throw away the key”, which really means here’s less than 12 months home detention for shooting someone dead (there’s two recent cases to back that up). Of course sending people to prison only makes them worse & wastes a lot of money that could have been used to make lives better.

      I have no real solutions, other than treat everyone you meet with respect, listen to others, help where you can & try to make the world better for those around you, even if you receive no benefit yourself.

      • I have no real solutions, other than treat everyone you meet with respect, listen to others, help where you can & try to make the world better for those around you, even if you receive no benefit yourself.

        (Worth repeating)

    • We’ve made gangs the only socially acceptable place to be a man, so maybe we stop emasculating men outside of gangs?

  2. I think that the rebels may have bitten off more than they can chew. The KC’s are the largest gang in Auckland, even the police don’t really know their actual numbers. So not only do you have to battle patched members, prospects, and affiliates, there is also their brothers, cousins, uncles and neighbors.

  3. Don’t worry WokeCoster and his merry men have pleaded with the gangs to be nice and kind to each other. What could possibly go wrong.

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