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Raptor strikes five properties including Merriwa


Strike Force Raptor has pounced on five properties including Merriwa.

Criminal Group Squad Strike Force Raptor has been investigating the supply of prohibited drugs and firearms across NSW and following extensive inquiries officers executed five search warrants at homes at Bundanoon, Camden South, Dee Why, Mt Annan and Merriwa on Wednesday.

At the Bundanoon property, police seized nine firearms, ammunition, knives, a 5kg silver bar, MDMA, a mountain bike, and a surfboard.

During the search of the Mt Annan property, officers seized 18 firearms, six sets of knuckle dusters, two batons, 15kg of silver bullion bars, and $70,000 cash.

Other items were also seized at the other sear warrants including documentation, electronic equipment, cash, prohibited drugs and prescription drugs were also seized during the search warrants.

A 33-year-old man was arrested at the Bundanoon property and taken to Moss Vale Police Station, where he was charged with 23 offences including supply prohibited drug indictable quantity, possess unauthorised firearm, possess unauthorised prohibited firearm, and handle/use firearm under the influence of alcohol/drug.

The Dee Why man was refused bail to appear at Goulburn Local Court.

A 65-year-old man was arrested at the Mt Annan home and taken to Narellan Police Station, where he was charged with 16 offences including give firearm to other if knows/believes under influence, give pistol to person not authorised by licence, handle/use firearm under the influence of alcohol/drug, and possess unauthorised pistol.

He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Picton Local Court on Tuesday 13 August 2019.

Investigations are continuing.

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.

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