National Anti-Gangs Squad seize OMCG paraphernalia, documents in proactive operation

Thursday, 09 September 2021 02:30:18 AM

Detectives targeting the activities of criminal syndicates have seized cash, documents and electronic items after executing several search warrants in Sydney’s west and Hunter region.

In May 2020, detectives from the NSW Police Force’s Criminal Groups Squad and Australian Federal Police – as part of the National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS) – formed Strike Force Gildi to investigate the criminal activities of associates of the Comancheros outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG).

Following extensive inquiries, NAGS investigators executed four search warrants at homes at Baulkham Hills, Boat Harbour, and a Flemington business from 7am yesterday (Wednesday 8 September 2021).

During the searches, police seized documents, electronic items, a set of handcuffs, OMCG paraphernalia – including a diamond encrusted gold ring – and other items relevant to ongoing investigations.

Criminal Groups Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Grant Taylor, said NAGS investigators continue to clamp down on individuals who facilitate, associate, or help those responsible for the illicit activities of outlaw motorcycle gangs and other criminal networks.

“We know members of these criminal syndicates go to extreme efforts to avoid detection by law enforcement, often exploiting interests in legitimate businesses so funds generated can be used to facilitate organised crime,” Det Supt Taylor said.

“Often these businesses incorporate family members or close associates of those involved in the illicit activities, which was the purpose of these search warrants in this instance.

“These people can expect to be watched – and we will continue to disrupt their activities and scrutinise their financial circumstances, so any illegitimate business interests are stopped,” Det Supt Taylor said.

Investigations under Strike Force Gildi continue.

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.