Strike Force Waloona
Two Men Charged With Alleged Manufacture Of Submachine Guns
Firearms & Organised Crime Squad
Firearms and Organised Crime Squad detectives have charged two men, including an OMCG member, following an operation targeting the alleged manufacture of submachine guns.
Following a controlled operation by detectives, Police attended a home on Charles Street at Blacktown about 4.30pm yesterday, where it will be alleged illegal firearms were being manufactured.
A 43-year-old man was arrested at the scene. A subsequent search warrant was executed at the premises where Police located and seized a submachine gun, numerous other registered and unregistered rifles, as well as a number of firearm parts.
About 5.20pm, Firearms detectives with assistance from the Gangs Squad and Asian Crime Squad also executed a search warrant at Ben Nevis Road at Cranebrook where they located and seized a submachine gun, a loaded pump-action shotgun, knuckle dusters, and drug-manufacturing documents.
A 36-year-old man was arrested at the scene and Police will allege he is a member of the Outcasts Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.
The 43-year-old man was charged with firearm manufacture, possess unregistered prohibited firearm, and possess unauthorised prohibited firearm. He was refused bail and will appear at Blacktown Local Court today.
The 36-year-old man was charged with two counts of possess unregistered prohibited firearm, two counts of possess unauthorised prohibited firearm, and other related offences. He was refused bail to appear at Penrith Local Court today.
Strike Force Waloona comprises detectives from the State Crime Command’s Firearms and Organised Crime Squad and was established in September to investigate the alleged illegal manufacture and sale of submachine guns.
Firearms and Organised Crime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, said the NSW Police Force is committed to targeting both the illegal manufacture and sale of prohibited firearms.
“Public safety is a major focus for police and through the combined commitment of both covert and overt operations, Police will continue to target all levels of criminal behaviour involving illegal firearms.” Det/Supt Katsogiannis said.