Strike Force Raptor have charged another member of the Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) following an investigation into an alleged extortion attempt in the state’s west.
In August, the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor North commenced an investigation following reports a 51-year-old man had been seriously assaulted and his house set on fire as part of an alleged extortion.
Following inquiries, Raptor North, with the assistance of officers from Orana Mid-Western Police District, Western Region Operational Support Group, and Hunter Valley Police District, executed 10 search warrants at properties across Mudgee, Dubbo, Gulgong, Yarrawonga, and Muswellbrook, just after 7am yesterday (Wednesday 28 November 2018).
Investigators seized several items from these locations, including 14 firearms, of which three were allegedly stolen from a home in Ruse in December 2017, ammunition, prohibited drugs, mobile phones, and OMCG paraphernalia.
Five men were charged during the operation and remain before the courts.
Following further inquiries, a 50-year-old Mudgee man was arrested at Mudgee Police Station today (Thursday 29 November 2018).
He was charged with demand money with menaces with intent to steal, assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company, and participate in criminal group contribute criminal activity.
Police will allege in court the man, who is a member of the Comanchero OMCG, assaulted the 51-year-old man and demanded a large amount of cash in July 2018.
He was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Mudgee Local Court on Wednesday 9 January 2019.
Investigations are continuing.
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.