Bikie clubhouses shut down - Strike Force Raptor
Friday, 02 August 2013 07:11:31 AM
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The Gangs Squad’s Strike Force Raptor has shut down three
bikie clubhouses this week as part of their ongoing proactive operations into
On Wednesday 31 July 2013, officers raided the Comanchero
clubhouse at Turella, in Sydney’s south, seizing alcohol, documentation and all
OMCG paraphernalia. The premises was closed down.
Yesterday (Thursday 1 August 2013), Strike Force Raptor
officers raided Hells Angels clubhouses in Haymarket in the Sydney CBD and
Annandale in Sydney’s Inner West, again seizing alcohol, documentation and all
OMCG paraphernalia. Both premises were closed down.
Police allegedly located evidence of alcohol being illegally
sold on site at each clubhouse.
The occupiers of each of the premises will be issued with
breaches under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.
Commander of the Gangs Squad, Detective Superintendent Arthur
Katsogiannis, said the NSW Police Force would keep the pressure on.
“As long as some people within these gangs want to carry out
criminal acts or allow their violent conflicts to be aired in public, we will be
there to disrupt their day-to-day activities,” Det Supt Katsogiannis said.
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 criminal enterprises.