A member of the Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) will face court today charged after weapons, drugs, and a python were seized from a home in the Lake Macquarie region.
As part of regular targeting of the illicit activities of OMCGs, Strike Force Raptor North investigators conducted a Firearms Prohibition Order (FPO) search and executed a search warrant at a home on Pirama Road, Wyee, about 7.30am yesterday (Wednesday 27 March 2019).
During the search, investigators located sling-shots, bladed walking canes, flails, an electronic stun device, 1.6kg of cannabis leaf, 28 cannabis plants, methylamphetamine, cash, a Mitsubishi Triton utility believed to have been stolen, ammunition, and a coastal carpet python.
These items were seized and will undergo forensic examination.
A 46-year-old man was arrested at the property and taken to Toronto Police Station, where he was charged with 23 offences, including:
- Possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit (x8);
- Supply prohibited drug (x5);
- Possess prohibited drug (x4);
- Unlawfully obtained goods in personal custody;
- Cultivate prohibited plant;
- Buy/sell/possess/control protected fauna;
- Steal motor vehicle;
- Possess ammunition without holding licence (x2).
The man, who is a member of the Comanchero OMCG, was refused bail to appear before Newcastle Local Court today (Thursday 28 March 2019).
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.