Multiple Arrests After Operation Viper – Raptor Squad

Police have charged 11 people following Operation Viper in the state’s west this week.

Officers attached to the State Crime Command’s Raptor Squad, with assistance from officers attached to Orana Mid-Western Police District, established Operation Viper to target organised crime in regional areas of NSW.

During the five-day operation, which commenced on Monday (16 April 2024), police arrested and charged 11 people for drug, weapon and assault related offences.

Of note, about 11.25am yesterday (Friday 19 April 2024), police were called to a home on Sapphire Street, Dubbo, following reports a man allegedly had a firearm in public.

On arrival police located a 49-year-old man allegedly threatening multiple people with a musket.

Police seized the firearm, and the man was arrested without incident. No one was injured.

He was taken to Dubbo Police Station where he was charged with seven offences, including possess unauthorised firearm, possess prohibited drug, possess, supply or make explosive for unlawful, use offensive weapon with intent to commit indictable offence and three counts of stalk or intimidate intend fear physical harm.

The man was granted conditional bail to appear before Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday 8 May 2024.

Investigations as part of Operation Viper are continuing.

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