Raptor Squad have charged four men for allegedly breaching the state’s Public Health Orders, including one man who was stopped by police in Western Sydney twice in just three hours.
Officers from the Raptor Squad were conducting proactive patrols targeting known associates of organised crime networks when they observed a man leaning in the passenger window of a Volkswagen SUV talking with another man – neither of whom were wearing masks – on Woodstock Street, Guildford, about 1pm on Thursday (23 September 2021).
As police approached, the man moved away from the SUV and attempted to walk onto a nearby property.
Officers stopped and spoke with both men – aged 28 and 46 – and it was established that neither had a reasonable excuse for leaving their home.
Both men were arrested and taken to Granville Police Station.
The 28-year-old Guildford man was charged with not comply with noticed direction re s7/8/9 – COVID-19 and fail to comply with carry face covering directive.
The 46-year-old Westmead man was charged with not comply with noticed direction re s7/8/9 – COVID-19.
They are due to appear at Fairfield Local Court on Tuesday 26 October 2021.
About 8pm that night, Raptor Squad officers were conducting proactive patrols in Fairmount Street, Merrylands, when they observed two men in a Toyota Corolla suddenly leave as police approached.
Officers stopped the car and spoke with both men – aged 30 and 19 – and it was established that neither had a reasonable excuse for leaving their home or travelling in the same vehicle.
During a subsequent search of the men and the vehicle, police located prescription drugs.
The 30-year-old passenger was arrested and taken to taken to Granville Police Station, where he was charged possess prescribed restricted substance, breach of bail and not comply with noticed direction re s7/8/9 – COVID-19.
The man was refused bail and appeared at Fairfield Local Court yesterday (Friday 24 September 2021).
Meanwhile, the driver was issued with two traffic infringements for minor car defects and inquiries into further Public Health Order breaches are ongoing.
About 11pm (Thursday 23 September 2021), officers from Cumberland Police Area Command stopped a black Toyota Corolla on Clyde Street, Granville, for the purpose of a random breath test.
Further inquiries revealed the 19-year-old driver had been directed by Raptor Squad officers to return to his residence from Merrylands just three hours prior.
The man was arrested and taken to Parramatta Police Station, where he was charged with not comply with noticed direction re s 7/8/9 – COVID-19.
He was granted conditional bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday 6 October 2021.
Strike Force Raptor was established in 2009, before becoming a standalone squad in 2021. Raptor Squad 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 the Raptor Squad can report it directly to investigators via their 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.