Raids bust drug syndicate linked to Finks bikie gang, police claim
A drug syndicate linked to the Finks outlaw motorcycle gang has been dismantled at Wagga Wagga in the state's Riverina, New South Wales police say.
Officers from State Crime Command's Gangs Squad and the Riot Squad helped Wagga police search 12 properties on Tuesday, arresting 13 people.
Police said the raids came after a high-ranking member of the outlaw motorcycle gang [OMCG] Finks was charged when half a kilogram of methyl amphetamine or "ice" was found in a car last December.
They allegedly seized guns, replica firearms, a rifle scope, firearm magazines, ammunition, bullet-proof vests, knuckle dusters, ice, cannabis, prescription drugs, drug ledgers, mobile phones, sim cards and Finks paraphernalia.
Officers also dismantled an ice laboratory in the suburb of Ashmont.
Items including a crystalline substance, tablets and brown powder were seized for forensic analysis.
Detective Inspector Walke said nine men and four women were arrested.
They were charged with drug supply, firearm and weapon possession, assault, blackmail, stealing a dog and participating in a criminal group.
Detective Inspector John Walke from the Gangs Squad said more charges may be laid.
"This is a clear message to outlaw motorcycle gangs that police will continue to target you whilst you conduct illegal activities in this state," he said.
"The OMCG problem is affecting the city as well as rural areas and this investigation shows that we will travel to rural areas in order to enforce the law in relation to these criminal activities," he said.
Wagga Wagga Local Area Commander, Superintendent Bob Noble, said the operation demonstrated the commitment of police to reducing criminal activity within the local community.
"With the support of specialist police, including the Gangs Squad, we will continue to target OMCG and other criminal groups attempting to conduct illegal business in the region," he said.
"The cultivation and manufacture of illicit drugs will not be tolerated, and those caught supplying these substances will be put before the courts.
"We will also maintain a focus on the illegal or unlawful possession of firearms, which may be used to commit violent crimes and put the safety of our community at risk."
The police operation continues today.