OMCG Targeted in multi-day operation in Hunter Valley

Tuesday, 28 February 2023 10:27:35 AM

Police have conducted a multi-day high-visibility operation targeting outlaw motorcyclist gangs (OMCGs) operating in the state’s Hunter Valley.

Operation Chalk – a three day operation – began on Friday 24 February 2023, and saw officers from Hunter Valley and Oxley Police Districts work alongside specialist units including Traffic & Highway Patrol, Traffic Response Group, Raptor Squad, the Dog Unit, Operational Support Group and Aviation Command, disrupt OMCG activity at a bike show in the region.

During the operation, police conducted nearly 3000 random breath and drug tests, with six returning positive roadside PCAs, and seven returning positive roadside RDTs. In total, 135 Traffic Infringement and 44 Defect Notices were issued.

Other incidents of note include:

- About 11.40am on Sunday 26 February 2023, a 29-year-old man, believed to be a member of the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang, allegedly avoided an RBT site, but he was later stopped by officers attached to RAPTOR Squad and issued two Traffic Infringement Notices and a Defect Notice.

- About 12pm on Sunday 26 February 2023, a 53-year-old man was stopped and charged with supply prohibited drug, three counts of possess prohibited drug, and possess prescribed restricted substance. He was granted conditional bail to appear before Tamworth Local Court on Monday 13 March 2023.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.