Comanchero boss Allan Meehan has sent a public message of support to his former bikie boss Mark Buddle after the alleged drug kingpin was dragged back to Australia.
The new national Comanchero boss posted a media image of Buddle in the back of an armoured police wagon, staring defiantly back at the camera after facing court.
Under the image of the smirking Buddle, Meehan captioned it: ‘Can’t keep a good man down.’
He ended the Instagram post with a heart emoji in the yellow colours of the Comancheros.
Comanchero boss Allan Meehan (right) has sent a public message of support to his former bikie boss Mark Buddle (left) after the alleged drug kingpin was dragged back to Australia
Under the image of the smirking Buddle, Meehan captioned it: ‘Can’t keep a good man down.’ He ended the Instagram post with a heart emoji in the yellow colours of the Comancheros
Meehan’s post was liked by notorious Melbourne gangland widow Roberta Williams – Carl Williams’ former wife – who posted an emoji of praying hands in reply
The post came on the day the raunchy past of Buddle’s partner Mel Ter Wisscha resurfaced in a series of pictures from her days as an NRL cheerleader.
Meehan’s post was liked by notorious Melbourne gangland widow Roberta Williams – Carl Williams’ former wife – who posted an emoji of praying hands in reply
Sydney-born Meehan, 35, officially took over as national president of the Comancheros in June after Buddle, 37, fled the country six years ago.
Despite being overseas, Buddle declared himself the Comanchero ‘Commander of the World’ – and Meehan’s post confirms Buddle is still the bikie gang’s number one.
Sydney-born Meehan, 35, officially took over as national president of the Comancheros in June after Buddle, 37, fled the country six years ago
Buddle and Ms Wisscha were reportedly living a jet set life in Dubai, Turkey and Cyprus after fleeing the country when he was linked to the 2010 shooting of Armaguard guard Gary Allibon in Sydney.
Ms Wisscha was a regular on social media while they were overseas, posting bikini pictures of herself in exotic locations and glitzy five star resorts.
But on Saturday, pictures of her days as an NRL Wests Tigers cheerleader resurfaced, showing a more fresh-faced look than her current heavily made-up appearance.
She won the 2005 Big League Cheer Girls of the Year award when she was still known as the less exotic-sounding Melanie Terwisscha.
Mark Buddle and Mel Ter Wisscha were reportedly living a jet set life in Dubai, Turkey and Cyprus after fleeing the country
Mel Ter Wisscha was a regular on social media while they were overseas, posting bikini pictures of herself in exotic locations and glitzy five star resorts.
The touchline pin-up won the princely sum of $1000 for the win, but that was a far cry from the luxury life she’s been living until recently.
She and Buddle are said to have quietly split up a year ago but Ms Wisscha maintained her high life until she was seized by Turkish authorities on July 22.
Police pounced on her taxi as she left her home in Bitez near the Bodrum holiday hotspot and took her into custody as a ‘foreigner who posed a risk to public order and security.’
She is still in an immigration detention centre awaiting a decision on her future – and was even unaware that her former partner had been deported back to Australia.
Buddle was grabbed in a raid on his home in Iskele in Northern Cyprus on July 12 when police stormed through the windows to grab and deport him to Turkey before he was this week finally sent back to Australia.
Mel Ter Wisscha and Mark Buddle are said to have quietly split up a year ago but Ms Wisscha maintained her high life until she was seized by Turkish authorities on July 22
Footage from his arrival in Darwin saw him literally being dragged backwards onto a flight down to Melbourne to face court.
Buddle, 37, came before Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday to face charges over the importation of 160kg of cocaine, worth $40 million, in May 2021.
He has has also been charged with conspiring to import a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug between March 19 and June 3, 2021.
He faces life in jail on each charge and was remanded in custody by Magistrate Kieran Gilligan to reappear by videolink on November 25.
How new boss of Australia’s most feared bikie gang rose to lead the Comanchero – as cops welcome him to the top job by slapping him with a crime order while he smokes in a dressing gown
- Allan Meehan, 35, is the new leader of Australia’s most powerful bike gang
- Former Rebel turned Comanchero boss has spent entire adult life as a bikie
- Takes over from Mick Murray, who was recently charged with a 2019 murder
- Predecessor Mick Hawi was murdered in 2018 and alleged killer was acquitted
- Gang’s national sergeant-at-arms Tarek Zahed was also gunned down in May
Like any new local CEO of a multinational business, Allan Meehan has plenty of work to do – but the consequences of failure might be more severe for him.
The freshly minted president of the Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang takes over an organisation facing major internal and external challenges after a particularly chaotic first half of the year.
Meehan’s immediate predecessor is in jail charged with murder, another of the men who previously held his position was shot dead four years ago, and his ultimate boss is on the run overseas.
Police are already working hard to limit his powers as the new boss after officers paid him a visit at his home in Yerrinbool, in the Southern Highlands of NSW, on Friday.
They handed Meehan a notice informing him they intended to go to the Supreme Court and take out a serious crime prevention order against him.
The order would allow police to stop Meehan from associating with other bikies in NSW or use phones or bank accounts that aren’t approved by them.
New Comanchero national president Allan Meehan, 35, (pictured) has his work cut out for him taking over the country’s most powerful outlaw bikie gang. Meehan takes over a club that has been embroiled in turmoil in recent months
Meehan (right) has succeeded Mick Murray (centre) as the Comanchero national president after Murray was charged over a 2019 murder. National sergeant-at-arms Tarek Zahed (left) narrowly escaped death after being gunned down in May
Police are already working hard to limit his powers as the new boss after officers paid him a visit at his home in Yerrinbool, in the Southern Highlands of NSW, on Friday
Criminal Groups Squad Commander superintendent Grant Taylor said the order was only taken out against the ‘most serious’ of people.
To make settling into the job even more difficult, the club’s main enforcer barely survived a shooting in May which left him unable to perform his role and claimed the life of his brother.
Dozens of other Comanchero have been arrested in federal police raids as part of Operation Ironside, one of the most significant crackdowns on Australian organised crime.
Shortly before Meehan’s elevation Detective Inspector Graham Banks from Victoria Police’s anti-bikie Echo Taskforce said the ‘Comos’ were struggling to maintain an effective leadership structure.
‘Together with partner agencies, the Echo Taskforce is committed to targeting any attempt by the Comancheros to rebuild their ability to cause harm within the community,’ he said.
Meehan, who had been considered the heir apparent for some time, must have thought carefully about taking what has been a poisoned chalice but the career bikie appears to have the right resume for the job.
Police handed Meehan a notice informing him they intended to go to the Supreme Court and take out a serious crime prevention order against him
The order would allow police to stop Meehan from associating with other bikies in NSW or use phones or bank accounts that aren’t approved by them
Meehan’s appointment comes as the Comanchero ‘commander of the world’ Mark Buddle is believed to be in Cyprus or Turkey. Buddle is pictured when he was NSW president
Meehan was reportedly lured to patch over from the Rebels to the Comanchero by onetime national president Mark Buddle, pictured with his partner Mel Ter Wisscha
The 35-year-old grew up in public housing at Liverpool in Sydney’s south-west and joined the Rebels when he was just 18, rising to president of that club’s Cronulla chapter.
He was reportedly lured to patch over to the Comanchero by onetime national president Mark Buddle who is now the club’s self-declared ‘commander of the world’.
Buddle, who is wanted by Australian authorities and has an estimated wealth of $100million, is believed to be in Cyprus or Turkey.
Police want to speak to him about crimes including the 2010 slaying of Sydney security guard Gary Allibon and major drug shipments as well as any knowledge he might have of recent gangland murders.
Meehan was promoted to commander of the Canberra chapter of the Comanchero early last year after the murder of its president Pitasoni Ulavalu and became the Sydney boss six months later.
Meahan (above) grew up in public housing at Liverpool in Sydney’s south-west and joined the Rebels when he was just 18, rising to president of that club’s Cronulla chapter
Meehan (above) was promoted to commander of the Canberra chapter of the Comanchero early last year after the murder of its president Pitasoni Ulavalu and became the Sydney boss six months later
He announced that elevation with an Instagram post showing a patch on his leather vest which revealed his new title and the caption: ‘U cant see the eyes of the demon, until him come a callin.’
Two days later, police searched Meehan’s home at Yerrinbool in the Southern Highlands as part of a firearm prohibition order.
Detective Superintendent Grant Taylor of the NSW Criminal Groups Squad warned back then that Meehan would continue to be targeted like other Comanchero leaders who came before him.
‘He assumed the role of the Commander of the ACT Comanchero OMCG over the last number of years and has now declared himself in charge of the Comanchero in NSW,’ Detective Superintendent Taylor said at the time.
‘So whenever you’re involving yourself in the hierarchical structure of an outlaw motorcycle gang… and you want to publicly declare that you’re in charge of that outlaw motorcycle gang in a particular area or state of Australia, well you can expect to get a lot of attention from law enforcement.’
Meehan announced that elevation to Sydney chapter president with an Instagram post showing a patch on his leather vest which revealed his new title and the caption: ‘U cant see the eyes of the demon, until him come a callin.’
This week Meehan took over the Comanchero national presidency from 44-year-old Mick Murray, who was arrested in April over the 2019 killing of Mitat Rasimi, an associate of high-profile drug lord Tony Mokbel.
The appointment was made at a meeting of senior Comanchero leadership in Melbourne after a gang member’s funeral and followed Murray standing down.
It presumably came with the approval of Buddle.
Murray had run the gang from the Victorian capital but Meehan is expected to base himself in New South Wales where the Comanchero was founded.
Since its inception on the Central Coast the ‘Condor Empire’ – named for the bird of prey on the Comanchero colours – has stretched its wings to start in Russia, Bosnia, Spain and New Zealand.
The Comanchero’s first president, Scotsman William ‘Jock’ Ross, ruled the club as a dictatorship in its early years and made himself ‘supreme commander’.
Ross led the gang into the Milperra Massacre on Father’s Day 1984 in which four Comanchero, two Bandidos and a 14-year-old girl were shot dead in the carpark of a pub in south-west Sydney.
The Comanchero’s first president, Scotsman William ‘Jock’ Ross, ruled the club as a dictatorship in its early years and made himself ‘supreme commander’. He is pictured with wife Vanessa
Ross remained leader after serving five years in prison over that atrocity until he was usurped by Beirut-born Mahmoud ‘Mick’ Hawi who was just 22 when he took control in 2003.
Under Hawi, the Comanchero further expanded their recruitment to include young men with Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, Greek and Serbian backgrounds.
Leading the club has always been dangerous. In November 2007 a car in which Hawi was travelling was hit by bullets outside Grappa Ristorante at Leichhardt in Sydney’s inner-west.
Two men had pulled up and fired up to 10 shots before speeding away.
Hawi was in charge when 12 Comanchero confronted five Hells Angels at Sydney Airport in March 2009 when Angels associate Anthony Zervas was bludgeoned with a bollard and died.
That killing in front of dozens of horrified witnesses led to a NSW police crackdown on bikies that has never let up.
Jock Ross remained leader until he was usurped by Beirut-born Mahmoud ‘Mick’ Hawi who was just 22 when he took control in 2003. Hawi was shot dead in 2018 after he had left the gang. Hawi is pictured with wife Carolina Gonzalez
While Hawi was in jail over that attack his place was taken by Rotorua-born Duax Hohepa Ngakuru until he left Australia in 2010 and the crown went to Buddle.
Ngakuru was recently believed to be in Turkey. There is a warrant for his arrest in his native New Zealand where he faces dozens of drug importation crime charges.
Buddle fled Australia in 2016, initially travelling to Europe with right-hand man Ali Bazzi, leaving Murray in charge of local operations.
Bazzi was sent back to Melbourne in 2017 to enforce some discipline in the absence of the president and had a punch-up with another high-ranking Comanchero, Mezan Chandab.
That altercation reportedly led Buddle to send a text message to Comanchero in Australia which read: ‘I’m the f***ing commander of the world… no one is to touch another member or set up another chapter without my permission.’
Bazzi has since renounced any affiliation with the Comanchero.
Mick Hawi was succeed as Comanchero president by Rotorua-born Duax Hohepa Ngakuru, whol he left Australia in 2010 when the crown went to Mark Buddle. Ngakuru is pictured with Hawi’s wife Carolina Gonzalez
In February 2018, Murray’s senior offsider Robert Ale was shot nine times by two gunmen while getting a tattoo in a parlour at Hampton Park in Melbourne’s south-east.
Ale survived and is serving an 18-year prison sentence imposed in 2019 for his role running the Last Kings, a Comanchero enforcement outfit.
Hawi, who was released from prison in 2015 and left the Comanchero, was shot dead outside a Rockdale gym in Sydney’s south in February 2018.
The man accused of being the triggerman in that assassination, Yusuf Nazlioglu, was acquitted at trial in 2020 but shot dead in a carpark below his apartment at Rhodes in Sydney’s inner-west on Monday night.
That killing followed the shooting of Tarek Zahed, 41, and his brother Omar, 39, as they were ambushed by two gunmen while leaving an Auburn gym in the city’s south-west on May 10.
National sergeant-at-arms Tarek Zahed (above) and his brother Omar were ambushed by two gunmen while leaving an Auburn gym in the city’s south-west on May 10. Omar was killed but Tarek miraculously survived
Omar died at the scene at Tarek, the Comanchero’s national sergeant-at-arms, is recovering from ten bullet wounds to his head and body and is now blind.
In the wake of Zahed’s shooting and Murray’s arrest, Meehan turned to Instagram with another post: ‘bad times don’t last, but bad guys do!’
Nazlioglu’s murder was the 14th in Sydney’s underworld in the past two years but Meehan is said to not be planning on relocating to Melbourne.
One source recently said Meehan was regarded as ‘pretty full on’ but has a level head to control some of the gang’s more volatile elements.
He is well respected among the Comanchero’s remaining old guard as well as new recruits, according to the Herald Sun.
‘He’s spent his entire adult life in bikie gangs,’ one source told the publication. ‘He doesn’t know any other life.’
A Catholic who regularly attends Mass, Meehan might want to pray for protection from a power even higher than his old mentor Buddle.