A member of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) will face court after being extradited from South Australia on large commercial methylamphetamine manufacture and supply offences.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad commenced an investigation under Strike Force Kingsland following the discovery of a clandestine laboratory at Springwood in January 2017.
Following further investigations, a second clandestine laboratory was located at Lethbridge Park, and a number of people were arrested and charged. They remain before the courts.
As part of their inquiries, detectives applied for and were granted an arrest warrant for another man who could not be located at the time.
Despite collaborative inquiries between investigators and the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor to locate the man in Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, and Victoria, he was not arrested.
About midday on Wednesday (7 March 2018), a 32-year-old man was arrested by the South Australia Police Crime Gangs Task Force as he left a gym at Murray Bridge.
Shortly after the arrest, police searched a nearby home and seized heroin, mobile phones and encrypted mobile devices, cash, and fraudulent identification documents.
Investigators from Strike Force Raptor and the Drug and Firearms Squad travelled to Adelaide and applied for and were granted the man’s extradition at Adelaide Magistrates Court on Thursday (8 March 2018).
Officers escorted the man to Sydney and took him to Surry Hills Police Station, where he was charged with two counts of large commercial drug manufacture, two counts of large commercial drug supply, and knowingly direct activities of criminal group.
He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court today (Saturday 10 March 2018).
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.
Source: NSW Police