| 11.08,18. 01:29 AM |
Police raid Fourth Reich clubhouse south of Wollongong
A bikie clubhouse south of Wollongong has been raided in response to violent conflicts between rival gangs in the Illawarra region and across southern NSW.
The Fourth Reich outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) clubhouse at Albion Park was searched where 35 alleged members were meeting at 8:00pm on Thursday night.
Two police strike forces, Strike Force Raptor and Raptor South, the dog squad and the public order and riot squad conducted the raid.
Cannabis, offensive implements, an imitation firearm and Fourth Reich OMCG club colours were seized in the searches.
Three people were booked for consorting and 32 people were issued consorting warnings.
Thirteen defective cars and motorbikes were uncovered and 14 traffic infringements were issued.
Police also discovered potential gaming and licence breaches inside the premises.
The search is part of ongoing investigations targeting criminal networks in the Illawarra and NSW.
Further investigations will be conducted into how the property was used, including potential declarations under the Restricted Premises Act.
Strike Force Raptor is made up of an elite team of police officers.
It was formed in 2009 and has been honing in on the NSW feuding bikie gangs and serious organised criminal activity.
Anyone with information about the club was urged to contact police, who said the raids were months in the making and would make the community safer.
Superintendent Dean Smith said they were about disrupting groups who wanted to engage in violence, drug dealing, and any criminal activity that made the community less safe.
"Investigations are proactive in nature and intelligence driven," he said.
Police have not elaborated on what violent behaviour had occurred between rival gangs, but said members of the public had not been involved.
"Conflict is group against group, direct conflict with each other, it is not about conflict in the community or generally," Superintendent Smith said.
"These activities are to make sure that we are highly visible, highly present and in the faces of those groups involved in those conflicts.
"It's not uncommon for OMCG members to come into contact with police, we tell them the reasons why we are there and the compliance last night was fine."
Ulladulla drug raids
Meanwhile in Ulladulla a teenage boy and two men have been arrested in unrelated drug raids.
Police raided five homes in Ulladulla, finding 454g of methylamphetamine, more than $50,000 cash, 18 cannabis plants, almost 7kg of cannabis, mobile phones and ammunition.
A 17-year-old boy was due to face children's court on Friday after being charged with multiple counts of drug supply after the raids.
A 31-year-old man was refused bail and charged with 12 drug supply offences, including two counts of supplying a large commercial quantity.
He was also due to face court on Friday.
A 43-year-old man was granted conditional bail to appear in court next month.
The raids were part of ongoing investigations by Strike Force Dashi, which was established in February to investigate the supply of illicit drugs in the Ulladulla region.