Raptor Squad investigators have charged a Finks outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) associate over the alleged supply of firearms uncovered during an extortion investigation.
In April this year, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Raptor Squad established Strike Force Gilruth to investigate the alleged extortion of a 45-year-old male shopkeeper by members of the Finks outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) in Sydney’s north-west.
Following extensive investigations, Raptor Squad executed eight search warrants at homes at Chatswood, North Richmond, North St Marys, Tregear, Bidwell, Riverstone, and Raymond Terrace on Wednesday 2 June 2021.
Three senior members of the Finks OMCG were arrested during the operation. The men – aged 25, 26 and 29 – were all charged and remain before the courts.
As part of ongoing investigations, police received information relating to the supply of firearms.
Following further inquiries, officers executed a search warrant at Whalan on Wednesday (30 June 2021) and seized a mobile phone.
About 11.30am yesterday (Thursday 1 July 2021), officers arrested a 34-year-old man at Mt Druitt Police Station.
The man, who is a Finks OMCG associate, was charged with supply shortened firearm (not pistol) to other, supply prohibited firearm subject prohibition order, possess shortened firearm (not pistol) without authority and acquire firearm (subject to prohibition order).
He was refused bail to appear at Mt Druitt Local Court today (Friday 2 July 2021).
Investigations are continuing.
Strike Force Raptor was established in 2009, before becoming a standalone squad in 2021. Raptor Squad conducts proactive investigations and intelligence-based, high-impact policing operations to prevent and disrupt conflicts, and dismantle any network engaged in serious organised criminal activity.
Anyone with information, including relevant photos and videos, that may assist the Raptor Squad can report it directly to investigators via their online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/Default.aspx?id=49 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Information provided to investigators will be treated in the strictest of confidence.