Auckland Comanchero gang members denied bail over drugs and weapons charges

Two motorcycle gang members from the New Zealand chapter of the Comancheros have had their application of electronically-monitored bail rejected by Auckland’s district court.

The two men, Pasilika Naufahu (suspected leader of the New Zealand branch of the international gang) and co-accused, Connor Michael Tamati Clausen, stood in court together as Judge Barbara Morris declined their bail application.

For legal reasons, her legal argumentation can’t be revealed to the media.

Naufahu is facing two counts of unlawfully owning firearms and three counts of money laundering. He is also charged with conspiring to sell methamphetamine, sell class B drugs and participate in the activities of organised crime.

Clausen faces four counts of unlawfully owning firearms and one count of conspiracy to sell class B drugs.

Both men have appeared in court before with Tyson Daniels and Jarome Fonua where their solicitor said that all four men would plead not guilty and ask for a jury trial. Daniels and Fonua have since been released on bail.

The men will return to court on July 3 for a case review.

They were originally arrested in a large-scale police raid last month that seized almost $4 million NZD in assets.

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