Gang target in raids

Police raided homes in Padstow and Wiley Park to target criminal gang activity.

Story appeared in: Torch | March 27th, 2018

POLICE searched homes in Padstow and Wiley Park during a National Day of Action targeting the Comanchero OMCG.
Operation Morpheus is a National Anti-Gangs Squad initiative which combines the resources of all Australian state and territory police agencies and key Commonwealth agencies to detect, deter and disrupt illicit activity of OMCGs, their members and associates.
In NSW, the Criminal Groups Squad's Strike Force conducted 15 Firearms Prohibition Order (FPO) searches, which included homes in Padstow and Wiley Park, and also the serving of new FPOs.
Officers also served consorting warnings, Australian Tax Office notices and outstanding debt notifications.
Criminal Groups Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Deborah Wallace, said this was not the first coordinated multi-agency operation into criminal groups, and it wouldn't be the last.
"Law enforcement in Australia have a collaborative approach to targeting OMCG, who operate across borders and across a variety of criminal activities," Det Supt Wallace said.
"By executing coordinated cross-border and cross-jurisdictional operations, we enhance our capabilities to disrupt illicit businesses and the ability for OMCG to impart influence on the wider community.
"The Criminal Groups Squad and Strike Force Raptor have been fearless and relentless in pursuing OMCG and will continue to work closely with local police to disrupt the activities of all criminal groups throughout NSW," Det Supt Wallace said.
The National Anti-Gangs Squad is a national multi-agency task force funded by the Federal Government.
Anyone with information, including relevant photos and videos, that may assist Strike Force Raptor should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information provided to investigators will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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