Firearms seized, Rebels associates arrested
TWO alleged associates of the Rebels outlaw bikie gang have been arrested at Yass and Bowning after firearms were seized in police raids.
A home in Yass and a rural property at Bowning were searched about 8:30am yesterday (Thursday).
Officers seized a .222 rifle, ammunition, nunchakus and a small quantity of cannabis at the Yass home.
They uncovered two .177 calibre pistols and a small quantity of cannabis at Bowning.
A 39-year-old Yass man was charged with one count each of possessing an unauthorised firearm, possessing an unregistered firearm, possessing a banned weapon, having ammunition, not storing a firearm safely and having a prohibited drug.
A 40-year-old Bowning man was charged with two counts of possessing an unauthorised pistol and one count each of possessing an unauthorised prohibited firearm and possessing a prohibited drug.
Both were granted conditional bail to face Yass Local Court on February 7.
A 63-year-old Bowning man had his firearms licence suspended and inquiries are continuing, police say.
Gangs Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, says the squad will continue to pursue any individual involved in the illegal possession and supply of firearms.
“We are determined to take illegal firearms off the streets to ensure the safety of law-abiding citizens,” says Detective Superintendent Katsogiannis.
“Additionally, Strike Force Raptor will continue to investigate and arrest members and associates of outlaw motorcycle gangs who are involved in criminal activities.
“I urge anyone with information about criminal activity linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs to report it anonymously at Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”