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Visy linked to bikie-run trucking company

Broadcast: 06/07/2009

Reporter: Rafael Epstein

As the Federal Government moves closer to new laws against organised crime, it has been revealed
that packaging heavyweight Visy Industries uses a trucking company run by a senior member of the
Hells Angels bikie gang.


TONY JONES, PRESENTER: The Federal Government is just months away from new laws it hopes can be
used against organised crime, including bikies. New proceeds of crime legislation will make it
easier to confiscate houses and expensive cars from suspected drug lords. The laws come as it's
been revealed that packaging heavyweight Visy Industries uses a truckie company run by a convicted
drug trafficker who's also senior figure in Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle gang. From Melbourne,
Rafael Epstein reports.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN, REPORTER: The Cadpro trucking company in Melbourne's northern suburbs on a quiet
day. Visy trailers in the yard, and Visy pays the company tens of thousands of dollars every year.
A senior figure in the Hells Angels runs Cadpro. The Age newspaper has revealed that in 2007, Steve
Rogers was sentenced to three years in jail for drug trafficking. Inside his Visy jacket, police
found two large packets of the illegal drug speed. They also seized chemicals used to make the
drug, and in his briefcase they found plans for a speed laboratory.

Steve Rogers handed over control of his company while in prison and he's currently on home
detention. It's believed he once again handles the contract with Visy.

SIMON OVERLAND, VIC. POLICE CHIEF COMMISSIONER: Well, I guess businesses will always need to be
careful about who they do business with.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Victoria's top cop didn't comment on Visy's bikie connection. Visy says it's very
concerned and upset about any connections with illegal activities and they've repeated their offer
to cooperate with any police investigation. But Visy says it will continue to do business with
Steve Rogers' company.

Unlike some other states, Victoria has no dedicated taskforce targeting bikies.

SIMON OVERLAND: Outlaw motorcycle gangs per se are not a problem. Certain outlaw gangs are; certain
individuals within outlaw motorcycle gangs are a problem. My last advice was we have eight separate
investigations into people either connected with or associated with outlaw motorcycle gangs in
Victoria. We work on them all the time, we will continue to work on them, we just don't run around
telling everyone about it.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: One group of Victoria detectives, Taskforce Santiago, may in future target some
bikie gangs. In NSW, dozens of bikies have been arrested following a bashing death at Sydney
Airport. They'll also soon be targeted by new federal laws where drug lord suspects will have to
show how they've accumulated their wealth.

STEVE HUTCHINS, NSW LABOR SENATOR: I think that the motorcycle gangs are the public face of
organised crime. More than likely - and the serious and organised crime figure in this country is a
male that lives in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, that has a number of Rolls Royce or Bentleys, who
attends charity functions, who is a pillar of society - they're the people that we want to go after
in this legislation.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: A former chief of the Transport Union, Steve Hutchins chairs the committee that
pushed for the new laws and monitors organised crime. Without commenting on Visy, he says business
has to be careful.

STEVE HUTCHINS: In this global financial crisis we've seen evidence overseas where legitimate
businesses are being seduced by organised crime figures because they have the easy access to cash.
That's something that the authorities are already on.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: The new laws, due by the end of the year, mean police no longer have to prove the
assets are linked to a specific offence.

STEVE HUTCHINS: The test is no longer the one that is for criminal tests, it's now a civil one, and
that is a balance of probabilities.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Suspected criminals will have to show that their wealth comes from legal
activities. Rafael Epstein, Lateline.