Finks outlaw gang arrested in drug, gun raids
POLICE have charged 13 people, including members and associates of the Finks outlaw motorcycle gang as part of an investigation into drug supply in the state's southwest.
Strike Force Hun was implemented last year by the State Crime Command's Gangs Squad to target the Finks OMCG and their associates.
A high-ranking Finks boss was arrested in December last year during a vehicle stop at Forest Hill, near Wagga Wagga in the state's southwest, where police seized half a kilogram of methylamphetamine, an ounce of cocaine and cash.
After extensive investigation, police launched another operation on Tuesday when they executed 13 search warrants of known associates at properties at Kooringal, Tolland, East Wagga Wagga, Ashmont, Glenfield Park, Bomen, and Turvey Park.
Investigators located and seized firearms, rifle scopes, ammunition, knuckle dusters, handcuffs, methylamphetamine, cannabis, prescription medication, drug ledgers and paraphernalia, as well as uncovering and dismantling a laboratory at the Ashmont property.
A number of other items, including a white crystalline substance, tablets and brown powder, were seized for forensic analysis.
A clandestine laboratory was uncovered at the Ashmont property, which was dismantled by specialist officers.
Nine men and four women were arrested and charged with various offences, including drug supply, firearm and weapon possession, assault, blackmail, participating in a criminal group and stealing a dog.
Gangs Squad Co-ordinator Detective Inspector John Walke said police operations would continue to be conducted across the state.
"The Gangs Squad conduct investigations into criminal activity wherever they're occurring in NSW, which is greatly assisted by the high-impact, proactive response of Strike Force Raptor," Det Insp Walke said.
"By working side-by-side with local police, we are achieving great results and reducing the impact of OMCG and their associated criminal enterprises.
"In addition to targeting drug and firearm offences, which can lead to violence and retribution, we will look at every aspect of possible criminality, including traffic offences, bail compliance, firearm and security licensing, tax evasion and illegal business practices."
Wagga Wagga Superintendent Bob Noble said the operation demonstrated the commitment of police to reducing criminal activity within the local community.
"The cultivation and manufacture of illicit drugs will not be tolerated and those caught supplying these substances will be put before the courts," Supt Noble said.