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Update: Police arrest 7 in Bandidos MC raids

Police apprehended seven people during raids of the Bandidos motorcycle clubs in Helsinki and the town of Nokia on Tuesday. Similar raids were carried out in Germany and the Netherlands.

Poliisi ratsasi moottoripyöräjengi Bandidoksen kerhotiloja Helsingissä Kyläsaaressa tiistaiaamuna 12. toukokuuta.
Police raided the Bandidos clubhouse in the Helsinki district of Kyläsaari Tuesday morning, May 12, 2015. Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva

Finnish police first announced the raids Tuesday morning via Twitter, and said that the raids were part of a major investigation into the operations of the Bandidos motorcycle club.

The raids were intended to weed out organised crime and illicit drug activity, police said.

Finnish police said they searched clubhouses and homes and have placed seven suspects in custody. The searches also uncovered small amounts of illegal drugs and weapons. Similar raids were carried out in Germany and the Netherlands.

Police have said they won't comment further on the investigation.

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