Three OMCG members charged over alleged drug supply - Illawarra

Friday, 03 September 2021 09:37:31 AM

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Criminal Groups Squad detectives have charged three men, including a senior Comancheros outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) member, with more than 40 offences as investigations continue into organised criminal syndicates operating across the state.

In March last year, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Criminal Groups Squad established Strike Force Vidar to investigate the activities of criminal networks across NSW.

So far during the investigation five men – aged 39, 37, 33 and two aged 31 – have been arrested. All five were charged over their alleged involvement in the syndicate and remain before the courts.

Following further inquiries, detectives from Criminal Groups Squad, with assistance from officers attached to Lake Illawarra Police District, executed two search warrants at homes in Albion Park and Dapto from 2pm yesterday (Thursday 2 September 2021).

During the searches, officers seized electronic devices, which will undergo further examination.

Two men – aged 31 and 19 – were arrested and taken Lake Illawarra Police Station.

The 31-year-old Albion Park man – who is a senior Comanchero OMCG member – was charged with;

  • Supply prohibited drug (x36),
  • supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis,
  • supply prohibited drug (commercial quantity x4),
  • supply prohibited drug (large commercial quantity), and,
  • knowingly deal in the proceeds of crime (x2).

The 19-year-old Avondale man was charged with four counts of supply prohibited drug, knowingly or recklessly direct criminal group assist crime, deal with property proceeds of crime, and supply prohibited drug.

About 4.30pm the same day, a 20-year-old man was arrested in Berkeley and taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station.

He was charged with knowingly or recklessly direct criminal group assist crime, two counts of supply prohibited drug, two counts of deal with property proceeds of crime, supply prohibited drug (commercial quantity), and deal with proceeds of crime.

Police will allege in court that the men were involved in the supply of prohibited drugs on numerous occasions between March 2020 and June 2021.

All three were refused bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court today (Friday 3 September 2021).

Criminal Groups Squad Commander, Detective Acting Superintendent Jason Herbert, said police will continue to actively target criminal syndicates involved in illegal drug supply.

“The hard work of investigators has resulted in the successful disruption of a large-scale supply of prohibited drugs which police allege was ongoing for more than a year.

“Groups such as these are destroying the lives and fabric of communities right across NSW.

“This operation should serve as a warning to OMCG members; that police will continue to relentlessly target criminal networks such as this and put those involved before the court,” Det Act Supt Herbert said.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators 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.