An operation targeting outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCG) on the state’s Far South Coast has uncovered a hydroponic cannabis set-up and location of weapons.
From 6am Wednesday, February 15, police from Shoalhaven and Far South Coast Local Area Commands, and Strike Force Raptor, were assisted by the Public Order and Riot Squad and Far South Coast Operations Support Group, and served Firearm Prohibition Orders on six men at properties across the region.
Officers served an FPO on a 60-year-old man at a property on Hawks Nest Place, Surfside, and during a subsequent search, police located a small hydroponic set-up, which was dismantled, and seized two plants and 500g of cannabis.
The 60-year-old man was taken to Batemans Bay Police Station, where he was charged with cultivating a prohibited plant (enhanced indoor), and supplying a prohibited drug. He was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Batemans Bay Local Court on Monday, March 20.
Officers served FPOs on five other men – aged 35, 39, 46, and two aged 41 – at properties on Valda Ave, Basin View; Nurrawallee St, Ulladulla; View St, Batehaven; Illaroo Rd, North Nowra; and Wharf Rd, Batemans Bay.
During the search of the homes and vehicles, police located a sling-shot, a wooden baton, liquid suspected to be a prohibited drug, mace, cannabis, steroids, and OMCG colours.
Inquiries are continuing and police expect to lay further charges pending the outcome of forensic analysis of seized items.
Shoalhaven Local Area Commander, Superintendent Stephen Hegarty, said police will not tolerate criminal behaviour disrupting the local community.
“We will continue to work closely with Strike Force Raptor and conduct inquiries to reduce the impact of OMCG activities in the region,” Supt Hegarty said.
“In particular, we are focused on the illegal or unlawful possession of firearms, which may be used to commit violent crimes and put the safety of our community at risk.”
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.
Anyone with information to assist police is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report it directly to detectives via the Strike Force Raptor online reporting page. Photographs and videos can be uploaded to the online reporting page. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.