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Gangs Squad detectives have so far today arrested 10 people including Outlaw Motorcycle Gang members

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Gangs Squad detectives have so far today arrested 10 people including Outlaw Motorcycle Gang members and executed 19 search warrants following a major joint operation targeting organised criminal networks and OMCGs involved in alleged tax fraud.

Police say that Strike Force Edinburgh was established in April 2010 by the State Crime Command's Gangs Squad, with assistance from the Australian Taxation Office and NSW Crime Commission.

They say that the Strike Force was established to investigate money laundering and significant tax fraud by OMCGs and organised criminal networks including finance industry professionals; as well as extortion of local businesses; the establishment of false businesses; illegal drug supply; and firearms supply.

'About 6.30am today, 19 simultaneous search warrants were executed by Gangs Squad detectives with assistance from Strike Force Raptor, State Crime Command, relevant regions, Public Order and Riot Squad, Dog Unit, and Rescue and Bomb Disposal Unit,' police said.

'Search warrants are being executed at locations including Auburn, Rosebery, Georges Hall, Wentworthville, Condell Park, South Hurstville, Canterbury, Illawong, Fairfield, Menai, Parramatta, Glenwood and Lakemba.

'Police have so far located and seized 10 firearms, as well as a quantity of steroids, cash, computers and financial documents.

'A total of 10 people have been arrested by police so far, including two alleged members of the Hells Angels.'

Police say that to date, a total of 16 people have been charged, with a total of 19 firearms seized, as well as stolen bank cheques and a large amount of Australian currency.

Gangs Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis said that as a result of investigations conducted by Strike Force Edinburgh, police have identified a number of suspected complex tax frauds and related extortion matters.

'Today's operation is one of the largest single operations conducted by the State Crime Command targeting Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and organised criminal networks,' he said.

'Today's 10 arrests will have a major impact on the criminal activities of a major chapter of the Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

'The NSW Police Force is committed to targeting all levels of illegal activities by OMCGs and organised criminal networks.

'The NSW Police Gangs Squad has and will continue to work in partnership with the Australian Taxation Office and NSW Crime Commission to target and investigate people involved in these types of illegal activity.

'Detectives urge any person or finance industry professional who is aware of, or involved in similar activities, to come forward before police track you down.'

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