Strike Force Hawk: Police arrest 15 men in week-long sting on criminal networks in Sydney

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Police have arrested 15 men and seized drugs and stolen vehicles in a co-ordinated sting targeting criminal networks in Sydney.

NSW Police arrested 15 men and seized stolen vehicles and drugs in a week-long sting targeting criminal networks in Sydney’s southwest.

Police executed 52 firearm prohibition orders between Monday, May 30, and Friday, June 3, in a co-ordinated week of action against associates and facilitators of criminal networks.

During the raids, officers discovered and confiscated around $150,000 in cash, 1.5kg of cannabis, 150g of methamphetamine, numerous prohibited weapons and three stolen vehicles.

Police uncovered and dismantled a clandestine laboratory at midnight on Friday in Sydney’s southwest.

Fifteen men were charged over the course of the week.

South West Metropolitan Region commander Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said the strike force used classified and declassified information from a variety of sources to disrupt the dealings of criminal networks.

“It is the first time the organisation has sought to utilise general duty officers and criminal investigator staff in such a method outside of specialist units,” he said.

“This allows us to target and disrupt organised crime at the street, mid and upper levels simultaneously within a specific organised criminal network or more broadly to prevent violent crime.”

Mr Smith said the strike force was yielding positive results in tackling Sydney’s infamous gangs.

“Last week, we targeted the who’s who of criminality in Sydney’s southwest: Rebels, Finks and Lone Wolves OMCG – you’d be hard pressed to find someone in that world who didn’t get a home visit,” Mr Smith said.

The blitz followed a statewide Strike Force Hawk operation that resulted in the arrests of 105 people in just three days.

The strike force was established in October 2021 and led to the seizure of $2.9m in cash, illegal drugs worth an estimated $9.1m, 80 firearms and 3300 rounds of ammunition.

Originally published as Police arrest 15 men in sting on criminal networks in Sydney


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