Shoalhaven News

Two arrested after police raid three Shoalhaven homes

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Heavily armed police from the newly-formed Taskforce Erebus have raided three Shoalhaven homes, armed with search warrants and firearms prohibition orders.

Police yesterday searched homes in North Nowra, Worrigee and Wrights Beach, arresting two 26-year-old men at Wrights Beach and Worrigee.

Police said one was the Sergeant at Arms of the South Coast chapter of the Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang, while the other was an associate.

They have been charged with a number of commercial drug supply and proceeds of crime offences, after they allegedly supplied more than 2kg of MDMA and more than 700 grams of cocaine using the ‘ANOM’ application between September 2020 and June 2021.

They fronted Nowra Local Court yesterday and were refused bail to reappear on July 12.

The Shoalhaven raids were conducted in conjunction with others in Warrawong, Wollongong and Kearsley, targeting Comanchero members.

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Police say several other members of the gang's South Coast branch were spoken to and served with consorting bans.

Members of the Rebels and Finks outlaw motorcycle gangs were also arrested as part of yesterday's operations across the state.

Police Assistant Commissioner Mick Fitzgerald said officers wanted to disrupt the actions of bikie gangs.

"They are Australia's largest organised criminal network, so I can say to all those members out there that Taskforce Erebus will be visiting each and every one of the members of the Comanchero and other organised crime network individuals," he said.

NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb said operational activity under Task Force Erebus is underway, with a specific focus on members and associates of organised criminal networks, including outlaw motorcycle gangs.

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“We established Taskforce Erebus earlier this week in response to the recent violence which has plagued south-west Sydney and it was made clear arrests would swiftly follow,” Commissioner Webb said.

“I want the community to be reassured operations under Erebus have a long way to go, and we will inflict further damage on these criminal networks in the days and weeks to come."

Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Paul Toole said there were no signs of police slowing down when it came to tackling organised crime.

“These arrests are just the tip of the iceberg. Police will be in their face, disrupting their lives every second of the day,” Mr Toole said.

“Make no mistake; these are not ordinary people living ordinary lives. They are violent criminals and deserve to be locked up.”

Images: NSW Police

Tags: Comancheros, Worrigee, North Nowra, Taskforce Erebus, Wrights Beach, OMCG