BY: Kate Campbell
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WA Australia - The man instrumental in establishing the Comanchero bikie gang in WA was one of three people convicted today over drug deals worth $3.8 million that were part of an elaborate interstate drug syndicate.
Following a nine-week District Court trial, a jury found Steve Milenkovski, who has links to the Comancheros, guilty of two drug offences and his trusted "foot soldiers" and "team mates" Paul Da San Martino and David Tanevski guilty of one count each. The jury had deliberated over four days.
There were emotional scenes and a heightened security presence as supporters of the convicted men sobbed and gasped in disbelief when the verdicts were handed down. One juror appeared to be fighting back tears.
Another co-accused, Hao Bi, who was allegedly a "foot soldier" and "courier" for the NSW syndicate, which was selling methylamphetamine to Milenkovski, was acquitted.
Judge Anthony Derrick today warned the three convicted men it was inevitable they would be sentenced to significant jail terms.
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