swooped on a number of bikie members' homes in
dramatic raids on the Queensland-New South Wales
The operation targeting
illegal firearms and ammunition is part of a crackdown in
response to the recent spate of violent incidents between
Officers have charged a
Tweed Heads member of the Lone Wolf outlaw bikie gang.
Another man has been
arrested after police discovered cannabis and knuckledusters
during the raids carried out by local police and officers
attached to Strike Force Raptor.
A 50-year-old man was
arrested for allegedly hindering police during raids on a
property at Kunghur as well as alleged cannabis cultivation
and weapons possession.
He as taken to Tweed Heads
Hospital after suffering a medical condition and is expected
to be charged at a later date, police said in a statement.
Detective inspector Brendon
Cullen, crime manager for the Tweed-Byron area, said police
in the region will be working with the strike force to
tackle outlaw motorcycle gang activity.
"We will continue to
conduct highly-visibility and high-impact operations like
this to target and disrupt the activities of outlaw
motorcycle gangs and their associates," Det Insp Cullen said
in a press release.
The detective inspector
said police would ensure bikie gang associates "who break
the law face serious ramifications".
"The safety of the
community is our priority, and we will not tolerate public
acts of violence – or any activity – that puts that safety
at risk," Det Insp Cullen said.
Strike Force Raptor was
set up in 2009 by the State Crime Command’s Gangs Squad to
target bikie gang activities and related criminal
enterprises across NSW.