Police charge three after guns seized during Firearms Prohibition Order search at Woy Woy

Strike Force Raptor investigators have seized two shortened firearms and charged three men, including a former Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) member, following a Firearms Prohibition Order search on the state’s Central Coast.

As part of ongoing targeting and disruption of criminal networks, police from the State Crime Command’s Criminal Groups Squad Strike Force Raptor conducted a Firearms Prohibition Order (FPO) search at a home at Woy Woy just before midday last Friday (12 June 2020).

During the search, officers seized two shortened firearms, firearm parts, ammunition, an amount of GBL, mobile phones and documentation.

Three men – aged 29, 37 and 49 – were arrested and taken to Wyong Police Station.

The 29-year-old Kincumber man was charged with firearm found at premises (subject to prohibition order) and possess unauthorised prohibited firearm.

The 37-year-old Umina Beach man, who is a former Bandidos OMCG member, was charged with firearm found at premises (subject to prohibition order), possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority and possess unauthorised prohibited firearm.

Both men were refused bail and appeared at Newcastle Bail Court on Saturday 13 June 2020, where they were both formally refused bail to reappear at Newcastle Local Court today (Monday 15 June 2020).

The 49-year-old Woy Woy man was charged with firearm found at premises (subject to prohibition order), two counts of possess unauthorised firearm, possess shortened firearm without authority, not keep firearm safely and possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority.

He was refused bail and appeared at Newcastle Bail Court on Saturday 13 June 2020, where he was granted strict conditional bail to reappear at Newcastle Local Court on Friday 3 July 2020.

Strike Force Raptor was established in 2009 and 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 Strike Force Raptor can report it directly to investigators via the Strike Force Raptor 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.

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