Cash, illicit drugs, and DECDs seized during police operation - Raptor and Criminal Groups Squads

Wednesday, 15 December 2021 04:39:10 PM

Criminal Groups Squad detectives, together with the NSW Crime Commission, have charged two people and seized more than $500,000 cash, firearms and illicit drugs as part of an ongoing operation to dismantle organised criminal networks operating throughout Sydney’s south-west.

Detectives from across State Crime Command continue to conduct inquiries into numerous public place shootings, murders and other acts of violence committed across the Sydney metropolitan area.

This is supported by high-impact proactive strategies under Strike Force Hawk.

So far, the combined proactive and investigative efforts by police to supress the acts and associated activities of these criminal groups has resulted in more than 80 people being charged with 327 offences.

Police have also conducted 159 search warrants and FPO searches, seized more than 20 firearms, in excess of 25 vehicles – mostly high-performance cars used to facilitate violent crimes, numerous Dedicated Encrypted Communication Devices (DECDs), and made large seizures of various illicit drugs.

Following further inquiries, Criminal Groups and Raptor Squad officers executed five search warrants at homes at Parramatta, Merrylands and Greystanes, as well as a Pemulwuy business from 6am today (Wednesday 15 December 2021).

During a subsequent search of the homes, police seized luxury watches, heroin and cocaine, DECDs, cash, and documentation, which will undergo further forensic examination.

A NSW Crime Commission Criminal Assets Recovery Act search warrant was also executed at a property on Royal Place, Greystanes.

A 25-year-old man was arrested at the Parramatta address and taken to Parramatta Police Station, where he was charged with three offences, including reckless grievous bodily harm – in company, affray, and assault person intend criminal activity of criminal group.

He was refused bail and appeared at Parramatta Local Court today.

During the operation, Criminal Groups Squad detectives attended a casino at Pyrmont about 10am, where they arrested a 26-year-old woman.

She was taken to Day Street Police Station and charged with dishonestly obtain property by deception and four counts of use false document to obtain financial advantage.

Police will allege in court that the woman used fraudulent documents to obtain funds in order to purchase the home on Royal Place at Merrylands.

She has been refused bail to appear at Central Local Court tomorrow (Thursday 16 December 2021).

Investigations are ongoing and further arrests are expected.

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.