The bikie-busting cops of
Strikeforce Raptor have spent the week quizzing
neighbours and searching homes and cars for weapons
across more than a dozen suburbs.
Homes of rival bikie members
involved in an internal feud were among the 18
properties targeted in the search.
Deputy Commissioner Jeff
Loy on Friday said the operation was triggered by a
surge in gun-related violence during the past three
Two men were shot outside a
Merrylands McDonald's in the early hours of
Wednesday in what police believe was a targeted
A man has also been charged
over a recent homicide - the seventh shooting death
in NSW this year.
"A lot of the firearms'
prohibitions operation is linked to the McDonald's
shooting," Mr Loy told reporters in Sydney.
A powerplay between rival
bikie gangs was behind the spike in shootings, he
said, adding drugs were likely involved.
Peter Thurtell said the aim of the sweep was to send
a "message" to the gangs.
information during the raids and issued several
firearms prohibition orders, Mr Thurtell said.
Two people were also
charged on Tuesday relating to a weapons cache
seized in April during raids targeting the
Comanchero's outlaw motorcycle gang.
The arsenal allegedly
including a Mac 10 and a CZ "Skorpion"