DISPELLING the romantic notion that
joining an outlaw gang leads to "power, money and girls",
remains the biggest challenge for a taskforce charged with
bringing down organised crime, says NSW Detective
Superintendent Deborah Wallace.
Speaking at an event marking the five-year
milestone for specialised squad Strike Force Raptor, the
Commander of the NSW Gang Squad said young, vulnerable
people were being lured by a "fallacy" and warned the path
through Sydney's underworld only ever led to jail time or
Strike Force Raptor was formed in 2009
following the bloody, public murder of Hells Angels bikie
Peter Zervas at Sydney's domestic airport.
Comanchero national president Mahmoud
"Mick" Hawi is serving at least 21 years jail for the
Since its inception, Raptor has netted
2500 accused outlaw criminals, $15 million worth of illicit
drugs, 636 guns and $4 million in dirty money.
Dozens of bikie club houses have been
raided and chapters dismantled and Det Supt Wallace expects
more of the same.
"A lot of these OMCG groups claim to be
one precentors... they believe this gives them the right to
live outside the law and abuse the standards that all of us
have to live by," Det Supt Wallace said
"(Our) role is to bring the respect back
to those groups so they once again abide by the law as we
all have to."