Strike Force Raptor North targets Bandidos OMCG clubhouse in proactive operation

Strike Force Raptor North have charged a man for drug possession and seized fireworks and alcohol, following a proactive operation at a Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) clubhouse north of Newcastle.

As part of ongoing targeting to disrupt the criminal activities of OMCGs, Strike Force Raptor North conducted a licencing operation at the Bandidos OMCG clubhouse in Heatherbrae on Saturday (9 February 2019).

Investigators searched the premises and 35 members and associates of the club’s Port Stephens chapter; seizing a large amount of alcohol, fireworks and an amount of cocaine. These items will undergo forensic examination.

A 34-year-old man, who is a member of the Bandidos OMCG, was issued a field Court Attendance Notice for possess prohibited drug. He is due to appear at Raymond Terrace Local Court on Monday 25 March 2019.

Inquiries into the alleged illegal sale of alcohol at the site are continuing.

Criminal Groups Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Deborah Wallace, said the operation at the weekend should put all criminal networks on notice.

“Strike Force Raptor will always be on the front foot when it comes to targeting these thuggish groups and preventing further criminal acts,” Det Supt Wallace said.

“Our investigators are proactive, dogged, and keen to make the community a safer place.”

Strike Force Raptor was established in 2009 and conducts proactive investigations and intelligence-based, high-impact policing operations to prevent and disrupt conflicts, and dismantle any network engaged in serious organised criminal activity.

Anyone with information, including relevant photos and videos, that may assist Strike Force Raptor can report it directly to investigators via the Strike Force Raptor online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/Default.aspx?id=49 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Information provided to investigators will be treated in the strictest of confidence.