Strike Force Raptor searches Nowra bikies

SEARCH: Police Public Order & Riot Squad cars in Wharf Road, Surfside, Batemans Bay on February 15 as part of a joint South Coast operation.
SEARCH: Police Public Order & Riot Squad cars in Wharf Road, Surfside, Batemans Bay on February 15 as part of a joint South Coast operation.

Further firearm prohibition orders (FPOS) have been served on two men in the Nowra area on Thursday, February 16 as part of a joint police operation targeting outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCG) across the South Coast.

Police from Shoalhaven LAC, Far South Coast LAC, Strike Force Raptor, the Public Order and Riot Squad, and Far South Coast Operations Support Group have served eight firearm prohibition orders (FPOs) at properties across the South Coast.

Known OMCG locations in Nowra and Basin View were presented with orders on Wednesday, February 15, while Bay and Basin and Bomaderry properties were targeted on Thursday, February 16.

An FPO allows police to search (without a warrant) any person, premises or vehicle the person occupies, controls or manages, to help police find and seize firearms and related items (such as a firearm parts or ammunition) the person is prohibited from having.

As part of an FPO search a 60-year-old Surfside man is alleged to have been found with a small hydroponic set-up, which was dismantled, two plants and 500g of cannabis. 

He was taken to Batemans Bay Police Station where he was charged with cultivate prohibited plant and supply prohibited drug. He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Batemans Bay Court on March 20. 

Meanwhile, officers served FPOs on five other men on Wednesday, February 15 – aged 35, 39, 46, and two aged 41 – at properties in Basin View, Ulladulla, Batehaven, North Nowra and Batemans Bay. 

During the search of the homes and vehicles police located a sling-shot, a wooden baton, liquid suspected to be a prohibited drug, mace, cannabis, steroids and OMCG colours. 

Inquiries are continuing and police expect to lay further charges pending the outcome of forensic analysis of seized items. 

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