Raptor Squad seize two firearms during ‘Operation Patch’ targeting OMCG activity

Raptor Squad have seized two firearms following two-weeks of action targeting outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) members and their associates under Operation Patch.

Operation Patch was carried out from Wednesday 24 May 2023 to Thursday 1 June 2023 in suburbs including Five dock, Westmead, Earlwood and Wiley Park.

During the operation, officers attached to Raptor Squad served four firearm prohibition orders, searched 26 vehicles, and completed 13 compliance checks at homes of members and associates attached to the Hells Angels, Finks and Comanchero motorcycle gangs.

During the compliance checks, detectives also seized two firearms, suspended one firearms licence and issued 36 consorting warnings.

Commander of Raptor Squad, Detective Superintendent Andrew Koutsoufis, said illegal OMCG activity is not welcome anywhere across the state.

“Raptor Squad remain dedicated to stopping the activities of OMCG members and associates before it escalates in any suburb; be it Brighton-Le-Sands to Broken Hill or otherwise.

“Operation Patch is a proactive tasking to ensure our targets know if they put a foot wrong, we’ll be making sure they feel the full force of the law.

“This is no knee-jerk reaction, rather it’s routine practice. If you are a member or associate of an OMCG, you should always expect a visit from the Raptor Squad.

“We want to send OMCG members and their associates a clear message; Raptor are always watching and are always ready to respond,” Det Supt Koutsoufis said.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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