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Wednesday, 19 Jan 2011 01:29amGangs Squad detectives have charged three men arrested yesterday following an investigation targeting organised networks and Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCG) involved in alleged tax fraud as well as other crimes including a Doonside shooting and firearm offences.
Crime crackdown ... heavily armed members of Strike Force Edinburgh detain a suspect today. Photo: Police Media
A MEMBER of the Comancheros has been charged with the attempted murder of a senior member of a rival gang, and a tattoo parlour linked to the Bandidos has been raided as police respond to a spate of violence involving bikie gangs.
Police insisted there was no war between rival gangs as they carried out raids at a dozen homes and businesses in Sydney's CBD and western suburbs, targeting members of outlaw motorcycle clubs over shootings, firearm offences and tax fraud.
The crackdown follows a spate of shootings across Sydney, including that of Sam Ibrahim, who was struck in both legs outside his parents' home at Merrylands last week.
Three people were arrested yesterday. The gang squad acting Commander, Wayne Hayes, said while the arrests did not relate to the most recent incidents, it was evidence that bikies involved in illegal activities would be caught.
''The public should be concerned there are shootings - I am concerned there are shootings - but we do our job. We plod away and as you can see from this … persons are charged,'' he said.
Among the arrests was a 23-year-old Comancheros member, who has been charged with the attempted murder of Sabre Murad, 24, on the doorstep of his Doonside home in November last year.
Mr Murad, who was shot in the thigh and groin, is the sergeant-at-arms for Notorious, a pseudo bikie gang with alleged links to the Ibrahim family.
The alleged offender, who was arrested at a Rhodes apartment, is believed to be a former friend of Mr Murad, who has crossed over to join the rival gang. However, police do not believe the same man was responsible for a drive-by shooting on Mr Murad's vacant home last week. The Comanchero member has also been charged with a string of firearm offences and is due to appear in Burwood Local Court today.
Yesterday's crackdown followed investigations by Strike Force Edinburgh, which was established last April in conjunction with the Australian Taxation Office to investigate bikie gangs involved in alleged tax fraud.
Detective Acting Superintendent Hayes said the investigation into the multimillion-dollar tax fraud would continue, but yesterday's arrests grew out of those inquiries.
''You investigate one matter and another person and another offences comes into it unexpectedly,'' he said.
A 26-year-old man was also arrested at Rhodes, where it is alleged he was trying to sell a blank bank cheque. Other blank cheques, and pistols, were found at an associated property at Casula.
The third arrest involved a 19-year-old man, an alleged associate of the Comancheros, who was arrested over an alleged carjacking at Parklea on December 13. Raids were also carried out at premises at Kellyville, Galston, South Windsor, Greenacre, Parramatta and Sydney's CBD.
Among the items found by police were financial documents, drugs, cash and guns.
Parramatta Ink, a tattoo parlour with links to the Bandidos bikie gang, was among three premises searched. Police said they expect to make further arrests.