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Episode 31: Hakan Ayik - the Aussie criminal who accidentally helped the FBI smash a global crime network

Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

Nicola Tallant

Just 24 hours before news broke of the ANOM phone hack, the newsroom of the New Zealand Herald got a tip-off that there was a raid on the properties of known members of organised biker gang 'the Comancheros'.

Senior crime reporter Jared Savage began to ring around his contacts. He knew that the gang were the top targets of Kiwi police, but he’d no idea what was about to unfold or that the powerful FBI was behind what would happen next. In an interview with Nicola Tallant he describes how the ripple effects of the gangland tsunami are being felt in his country.

Like Ireland, New Zealand was not a coalition partner on the historic sting but Savage describes numerous takedowns of gangs and plots, including a Comanchero plan to purchase a catamaran and rendezvous at sea with a drug ‘mothership’.

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