Notorious (motorcycle club)

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Notorious MC
Founded 2007
Founding location Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Years active 2007-2012
Territory Sydney
Ethnicity Middle Eastern and Pacific Islanders
Membership Unknown
Criminal activities Drug trafficking, arms dealing, extortion, prostitution, money laundering, Drive-by shootings, Armed robbery, Murder, assault, Kidnapping
Allies Parra Boyz (Asesinoz MC)[1]
Rivals Bandidos, Comancheros and Hells Angels

Notorious is a former gang that was based in Sydney, Australia. They claimed to be an outlaw motorcycle club; however, not all members ride motorcycles. Its emblem features a skull with a turban brandishing twin pistols and the words "Original Gangster" beneath it, along with the motto "Only the dead see the end of war".[2] Labeled as one of Australia's most dangerous gangs,[3] they had been feuding with larger and well-known motorcycle gangs including the Hells Angels and the Bandidos. As of March 2012 the gang no longer exists as an organized structure after being dismantled by a police operation arresting key members[4] and with other members choosing to quit the gang life.[5]

Overview[edit]

Creation[edit]

Established in 2007, Notorious was formed by senior members and associates of the Nomads motorcycle gang, after the Parramatta Nomads branch was disbanded.[6] The newly formed gang, founded by Alan Sarkis, then started to recruit youth of Middle Eastern background and aligned itself with street gangs to boost its numbers to gain supremacy over rival gangs.[1]

Members[edit]

The exact number of Notorious members is unknown to police but sources claim the gang has up to 200 active members.[7] Its members are sometimes called "Nike bikies", for wearing expensive nike running shoes (nike air max & nike tns usually the footwear of choice), fashionable t-shirts and being clean shaven, in contrast to the traditional bikie image of dirty jackets, leather boots and beards.[2]

Police have named John Ibrahim, a celebrity Nightclub entrepreneur and his three brothers Sam, Fadi and Michael Ibrahim as senior members of Notorious.[8] Allan Sarkis has been named as the president of Notorious but Police believe Sam Ibrahim formed the gang and is the driving force behind it, Ibrahim denies creating Notorious but admits knowing its members.[9]

Involvement In crime[edit]

President of Notorious Allan Sarkis denies his club being involved in organised crime and denies any knowledge of a feud with other gangs, He claims the club has a very strict policy on drugs, even though Notorious members as young as 14 have been charged with possession and drugs supply.[6][10] In an exclusive interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Sarkis stated:

"Linking us to drugs, or the drug trade, is way out of line. We want to be acknowledged and respected as a motorcycle club, not as gangsters."[10]

Timeline[edit]

  • March 2007, Rugby League stars Jarryd Hayne and Mark Gasnier were involved in a violent brawl with Notorious members at Sydney's Kings Cross, where a Notorious member ended up firing a number of shots toward the football stars. It was later revealed that the incident was Notorious's "coming-out party", the first time the new gang appeared on police radar.[11]
  • October 2008, Allan Sarkis escaped death after a bomb exploded under his luxury car. The $90,000 car was parked under his exclusive Lane Cove apartment complex. It is believed the Comancheros were behind the bombing.[12]
  • On 5 October 2008, senior Notorious member Todd O'Connor was executed in a back street in the Sydney suburb of Tempe. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Notorious is believed to be involved in a dispute with other outlaw motorcycle groups for control of the drug trade in Kings Cross and Oxford Street.[13]
  • October 2008, champion kickboxer Mustafa Assoum who volunteered at a Muslim youth centre was executed next to a phone box he was using, Notorious have been linked to the shooting.[14]
  • January, 2009, Notorious is suspected of being behind the shooting of a tattoo parlour and bombing of a Hells Angels clubhouse.[13]
  • February 2009, several Notorious members wearing balaclavas entered a clubhouse and shot three members of the Nomads motorcycle gang.[15]
  • 20 March 2009, relatives of Notorious members were the targets of several drive-by shootings across Sydney. The Bandidos are suspected of being behind the Shooting.[15]
  • 22 March 2009, a wild shootout between Notorious and Banditos members took place in a Sydney street, involving six homes in three streets, leaving two men aged 18 and 17 in hospital.[16]
  • 29 March 2009, an un-exploded bomb was placed by Notorious members at the family home of a senior Bandidos member – police received a tip-off from the public and the Bomb Squad rushed to the scene but the Bandido member and his family refused to leave their home.[17]
  • June 2009, Fadi Ibrahim, brother of John Ibrahim and a member of Notorious, survived a murder attempt. He was shot five times while sitting in his Lamborghini parked outside his Castle Cove mansion.[18]
  • September 2009, Fadi Ibrahim and younger brother Michael were charged after a plot to murder bikie associate John Macris was uncovered by detectives.[19]
  • May 2010 - Jihad Murad, a senior member of Notorious and his girlfriend came under attack after a car pulled up next to them at a street light and fired 12 shots into their car. Those in the vehicle survived but police believe the Comancheros, who are involved in a violent feud with Notorious were responsible for the attack.[20]
  • August 2010, Hameed Ullah Dastagir was charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing 21-year old Giovanni Focarelli in the stomach and chest outside his father's Hindley Street tattoo parlour in Adelaide, South Australia. Dastagir was wearing a Notorious jumper during the attack and witnesses claim hearing Focarelli say "Notorious got me" while stumbling back into his father's tattoo parlour.[21]
  • October 2010 - president Allan Sarkis and another senior member of Notorious were charged by police after attacking two members of the Comanchero Motorcycle Club at a cafe in Bondi. One of the Commancheros had his ankle broken by one of the Notorious members during the attack.[22]
  • November 2010, Armani Stelio - the sister of the Ibrahim brothers had her family home peppered with bullets. More than 20 shots were fired into her home and nearby cars. Lawyers for the Ibrahim family claim they were "wrongly targeted", although investigators fear revenge attacks.[23]
  • November 2010, just hours after the drive-by shooting of Armani Stelio's family home, Saber Murad, a member of Notorious was gunned down outside his home. In a statement, police revealed There are links between the Notorious crime gang and both locations.[24]
  • December 2010, "Coogee Ink", a tattoo parlour owned by senior Commancheros was firebombed with Notorious being the prime suspects. The parlour is owned by Comanchero national president Daux Ngakuru and his right-hand man Mark Buddle. The Daily Telegraph revealed Mark Buddle, 32, was attacked by Notorious members outside a Bondi cafe in October 2010.[25]
  • 13 January 2011, oldest brother Sam Ibrahim was shot in the legs in a drive-by outside his parents' home in Merrylands in Sydney's south west.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bikie push to recruit teenagers | thetelegraph.com.au
  2. ^ a b Welch, Dylan (16 February 2009). "Religious divide drives bikie war". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  3. ^ Australia’s most dangerous bikie gangs
  4. ^ "Police dismantle Notorious bikie gang". news.com.au. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Ralston, Nick; Davies, Lisa (23 April 2012). "Notoriety was main undoing of gang of pseudo-bikies". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  6. ^ a b New bikie gang Notorious patrols Kings Cross | thetelegraph.com.au
  7. ^ This will end in another Milperra | thetelegraph.com.au
  8. ^ Davies, Lisa (3 November 2009). "John Ibrahim a member of Notorious, say police". AAP. 
  9. ^ O'Neill, Marnie (29 March 2009). "Prepare for more bikie bloodshed". 
  10. ^ a b "Notorious bikie boss Allan Sarkis breaks his silence". The Daily Telegraph. 28 March 2009. 
  11. ^ The gang wars explained - 40 years of bikie hatred | thetelegraph.com.au
  12. ^ "Secret men's business". The Sydney Morning Herald. 28 March 2009. 
  13. ^ a b Dart, Jonathan (5 February 2009). "Bikie bomb blast 'may be revenge'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  14. ^ "Execution of a volunteer". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 October 2008. 
  15. ^ a b Ramachandran, Arjun; Welch, Dylan (20 March 2009). "Family bikie link seen in shooting". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  16. ^ Welch, Dylan; Besser, Linton; Kennedy, Les (23 March 2009). "Murder, bashings and bullets as rival gangs clash". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  17. ^ Homemade bomb found outside top bikie's house - ABC Sydney - Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  18. ^ Revenge attacks feared after Sydney shooting - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  19. ^ Welch, Dylan (25 September 2009). "Ibrahim alleged murder plot victim named". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  20. ^ "Notorious afternoon". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 May 2010. 
  21. ^ Stabbed youth 'blamed rival gang' | Adelaide Now
  22. ^ Bikie leader charged over ankle-breaking street brawl | thetelegraph.com.au
  23. ^ Kwek, Glenda (30 November 2010). "Man shot in Sydney drive-by shooting". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  24. ^ Ralston, Nick; Welch, Dylan (1 December 2010). "'Logical links' in suburban shootings". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  25. ^ Rival bikie gangs up the ante | thetelegraph.com.au
  26. ^ Welch, Dylan; Jacobsen, Geesche (14 January 2011). "Sam Ibrahim hit in drive-by shooting". The Sydney Morning Herald.