• Tony Bosworth

Raptor Squad raid homes in Glossodia and Londonderry targeting major criminal networks

Raptor Squad investigators charged three men today – one from Londonderry - as investigations continue into the manufacture and supply of prohibited drugs across Sydney.

This story begins back on May 20 when as part of ongoing targeting and disruption of the activities of criminal networks, officers from the Raptor Squad carried out a search warrant at a Werrington Downs home and arrested a 39-year-old man.

Later that day, three crime scene warrants were carried out at storage sheds at St Marys, where police seized a loaded handgun, knuckle dusters and prescription medications, as well as vehicles and vessels with a combined value of more than $300,000.

Investigators also uncovered a clandestine laboratory in one of the storage sheds and seized 25kg of alprazolam (Xanax) tablets and just over a kilo of alprazolam powder, with a combined estimated potential street value of $300,000.

The Werrington man – who is a former Bandidos Outlaw Motor Cycle Gang (OMCG) member – was charged with 15 offences and remains before the courts.

Following on from that, this morning – Thursday - just before dawn, Raptor Squad carried out four search warrants at homes in Glossodia, Londonderry, Hebersham and Werrington Downs.

During the searches, officers seized ammunition, steroids, cannabis leaf and prescription medication.

A 56-year-old man was arrested at Londonderry and taken to Penrith Police Station, where he was charged with three counts of supply prohibited drug (large commercial quantity), two counts of supply prohibited drug (indictable quantity), three counts of possess drug manufacture apparatus to make prohibited drug, possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit.

A 39-year-old man was arrested at Werrington Downs and taken to Penrith Police Station, where he was charged with possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority, five counts of possess prohibited drug and cultivate prohibited plant.

Both men were refused bail to appear at Penrith Local Court today - Thursday.

A 48-year-old man was arrested at Hebersham and taken to Mt Druitt Police Station, where he was charged with possess prohibited drug and possess/attempt to, anabolic or androgenic steroidal agent. He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Mt Druitt Local Court on Monday June 28.

Police tell us investigations are continuing and that anyone with information, including relevant photos and videos that may assist the Raptor Squad, can report it directly to investigators via their online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/Default.aspx?id=49 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Police stress that information provided to investigators will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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