NSW police target Rebels and Gladiators OMCG in two-day regional operation
The Gangs Squad’s Strike Force Raptor and the New
England and Oxley Local Area Commands have targeted the Rebels and
Gladiator Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCG) in a two-day regional
operation, NSW Police say.
From Tuesday 7 June to Wednesday 8 June 2016,
officers conducted targeted business inspections, firearm
prohibition order searches, firearms compliance checks and proactive
highway operations in Armidale, Glen Innes, Tamworth and the
They were provided assistance by the National Anti
Gangs Taskforce which comprises the Australian Federal Police
working together with state police jurisdictions to target the
criminal activities of OMCGs.
Several people were arrested during the course of the
two-day operation, with firearms, ammunition, drugs, fireworks,
weapons, and a protected turtle seized.
A 51-year-old member of the Rebels was arrested after
a search of his Armidale home resulted in the seizure of three
rifles and one revolver, small amounts of amphetamine, a mix of
ammunition, including a magazine for an M16, and knuckledusters. He
was charged with firearms and drug offences, goods in custody, and
possess explosives and appeared at Armidale Local Court yesterday
(15 June 2016). He is expected to reappear at a later date.
A 44-year-old Moore Creek man was charged with
possess prohibited drug after a quantity of cannabis was seized at
his home. He was granted bail to appear at Tamworth Local Court on
Monday 4 July 2016.
A 33-year-old Moonbi man was charged with possess
protected fauna after police found a native turtle in a fish tank at
his home, He was also charged with failing to provide veterinary
care relating to a dog found at the property suffering from a
dislocated leg. He was granted bail to appear at Tamworth Local
Court on Monday 4 July 2016.
Additionally, police issued
seven Firearm Prohibition Orders and three warnings for consorting,
revoked the firearms licence of a man with links to the Rebels, and
issued a court attendance notice to a 24-year-old man for the
offence of possess ammunition.
Highway Patrol officers also issued eight traffic
infringement notices and three defect notices.
On day two of the operation, a restricted premises
search warrant was executed at the Gladiators OMCG clubhouse on
Bloomfield Street, Gunnedah.
Police dismantled the clubhouse and numerous of
containers of alcohol were seized. Two fines of $6000 will be issued
to the Gladiators Corporation for conducting a clubhouse at the
premises in breach of the DA and for breaching fire compliance
A 54-year-old man living at the premises was found in
possession of 32 grams of cannabis and will receive a Future Court
Attendance Notice for possess prohibited drug. He will also be
issued a $3000 fine for living at the premises in breach of DA.
A 39-year-old man was served with a Fire Prohibition
Order and he was served with a Court Attendance Notice for failing
to submit his tax return.( F ME ! )
Six consorting warnings were
issued at the premises, five Traffic Infringement Notices and two
defect notices were issued.
The licensee of a license premises in Dungowan was
warned about allowing OMCG members in colours attending the hotel,
and was also warned about several fire safety and liquor licensing
Four tattoo shop inspections were conducted in
Commander of the Gangs Squad, Detective
Superintendent Deborah Wallace, said police would continue to use
various strategies to target and disrupt the criminal activities of
outlaw motorcycle gangs and their associates in both metropolitan
and regional areas.
“That includes high visibility, high impact
operations like this which are conducted in close co-operation with
local area commands across the state,” Det Supt Wallace said.
“That’s in addition to our ongoing investigative
response to serious crime linked to OMCGs in this state, as well as
a range of other overt and covert strategies aimed at targeting
criminal behaviour by gang members and their associates.”
Further operations to target the criminal activities
of outlaw motorcycle gang members and their associates are planned.
Strike Force Raptor was established by State Crime
Command’s Gangs Squad in 2009. It is a proactive and high-impact
operation targeting outlaw motorcycle gangs and any associated
Anyone with information to assist police is asked to