High-profile bikies arrested during major police operation

SOME of NSW's most high-ranking bikies have been arrested during a special police operation targeting out-of-control gun crime in Sydney's west.

More than 100 officers swooped on homes and businesses across the city, arresting thirteen people on drug and weapon charges between Friday and Sunday night.

A total of 151 people and 82 cars were also searched.

At Maroubra, a 29-year-old man, who police will allege is a senior member of the Comancheros, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for breaching parole.

Four other alleged bikies were charged under consorting legislation.

A 22-year-old man was allegedly found carrying 30 ecstasy tables at Fairfield while two other young men were arrested for allegedly having a knife and replica gun in a public place.

The raids were led by detectives from Operation Apollo, which was set up in February following a spate of drive-by shootings.

More than 320 people have since been arrested and 80 guns have been taken off the streets.

Speaking to reporters in Sydney on Sunday, State Crime Commander, Detective Chief Superintendent Mal Lanyon said police were committed to disrupting western Sydney's organised crime network.

"I want to send a clear message that gun-related crime and public place shootings will not be tolerated," Supt Lanyon said

"I know that we are having a significant impact on individuals and organised crime groups who wish to engage in gun and other violent crimes.

"I can assure the community that we will be relentless in continuing to target those involved in this type of activity, disrupting their actions, and preventing crime."



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