Two former Rebels charged after firearms and drugs seized at Sackville, Ebenezer

Two former Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang members have been charged after firearms, drugs and cash were discovered at Sackville and Ebenezer.

Detectives from the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor established Strike Force Pavasovic to investigate the activities of criminal networks across Sydney in July, and were alerted to an alleged road-rage incident reportedly involving a former Rebels member as part of their inquiries.

Arrest: Police speak with one of the men. Picture: NSW Police.

Arrest: Police speak with one of the men. Picture: NSW Police.

Strike Force Raptor officers executed a search warrant at a Sackville home shortly before 9am on Saturday, September 1, and a 27-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Windsor Police Station.

He was charged with destroy or damage property, intentionally throw object at vehicle/vessel risk safety, affray, and stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm, a police statement said.

“Police will allege in court the man was travelling as a passenger in a vehicle on the M1 Pacific Motorway at Mooney Mooney, about 5am on Saturday, August 4, and became involved in an altercation with the driver of another vehicle, throwing glass bottles and intimidating the other driver,” police stated.

The man, a former Rebels member, was refused bail and appeared at Parramatta Bail Court the following day.

Seized: Items seized during the operation by Strike Force Raptor. Picture: NSW Police.

Seized: Items seized during the operation by Strike Force Raptor. Picture: NSW Police.

“A short time later, Strike Force Raptor executed a further two search warrants at properties at Sackville and Ebenezer, and conducted a Firearms Prohibition Order (FPO) search at another Sackville home,” police stated.

“During the searches, police seized an SKS rifle, an SKK rifle, a pump-action shotgun, a converted flare pistol capable of firing 12-gauge shotgun rounds, 265 rounds of ammunition of various calibres, 2kg of white powder, suspected to be cocaine; prescription medication, drug paraphernalia, almost $6000 cash, a CCTV hard drive, and stolen Roads and Maritime Services signs.

“Investigators also located a stolen Mercedes Benz CLA45 AMG with false registration plates attached. The vehicle had been modified with seatbelts and airbags removed.

“The items will undergo forensic examination, and the firearms will also be subjected to ballistic tests.”

Two further men – aged 27 and 28 – were issued with consorting warnings after attending one of the Sackville properties.

The younger man was arrested and taken to Windsor Police Station, while the other man, who is a member of the Rebels OMCG, was released pending further inquiries.

The 27-year-old Shalvey man, who is a former Rebels OMCG member, was charged with contravene non-association, place restriction order.

He was refused bail and appeared at Parramatta Bail Court yesterday.

Inquiries into the acquisition and possession of the firearms and other items are ongoing, and further arrests and charges are expected.

Strike Force Raptor was established in 2009 and conducts proactive investigations and intelligence-based, high-impact policing operations to prevent and disrupt conflicts, and dismantle any network engaged in serious organised criminal activity.

Anyone with information, including relevant photos and videos, that may assist Strike Force Raptor can report it directly to investigators via the Strike Force Raptor online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/Default.aspx?id=49 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Information provided to investigators will be treated in the strictest of confidence.