Three men have been charged under a special police taskforce dedicated to cracking down on gangland activity and gun violence across Sydney, following a spate of shootings which have left three people dead.
Three men have been charged under a special police taskforce dedicated to cracking down on gun violence and gangland activity on Sydney’s streets.
Taskforce Magnus was launched by New South Wales Police last week to investigate the links between a spate of recent shootings, which have left three people dead.
Police revealed on Tuesday that three men have been charged under the special taskforce following a series of taskings and proactive compliance checks.
Specialist police carried out six Firearm Prohibition Order compliance checks across Sydney’s south-west between Thursday, July 27, and Monday, July 31, under Taskforce Magnus.
With the help of the Raptor Squad, detectives searched an address at Granville last Saturday during an early morning raid.
Police seized what officers believed to be cannabis and GHB, and a 27-year-old man was issued with a court attendance notice for two counts of possessing a prohibited drug.
He will appear before Parramatta Local Court on September 13.
Last Saturday morning, detectives conducted a second firearm prohibition order check at Merrylands where police seized two “resealable bags believed to contain cannabis”.
“A 21-year-old man was arrested and taken to Granville Police Station, where he was charged with possessing a prohibited drug and breach of bail,” police said.
He fronted Parramatta Local Court last Saturday where he was refused bail. He appeared again before the same court on Monday.
On Monday of this week, police uncovered numerous NSW drivers’ licenses, bank cards, and a small amount of meth inside a grey BMW on Pitt Street at Merrylands.
Police seized the items along with the vehicle itself, as police believe it had been stolen.
A 27-year-old man, the driver, was arrested after allegedly returning a positive roadside drug test.
He was taken to Granville Police Station where he was issued a court attendance notice for driving with a license expired two years or more.
The man will appear in Parramatta Local Court on September 30.
On Monday afternoon, a 26-year-old man was arrested after he was caught by police allegedly doing “burnouts and driving erratically” on Military Road at Guildford.
He was arrested and taken to Granville Police Station where he was charged with driving a motor vehicle during disqualification period and prolong, sustain loss of traction.
The man was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Tuesday.
Police also executed three additional firearm prohibition order compliance checks at Merrylands, Guildford West and Carramar this week, where “no further police action was required”.
PolAir along with officers from the Raptor Squad assisted with the searches.
Task Force Magnus Commander Detective Chief Superintendent Jason Weinstein said police were “just getting started” with cracking down on organised crime and the three arrests were “simply the tip of the iceberg”.
“Over the coming days, weeks, and months ahead – anyone who associates with organised criminals can expect a knock on the door and to be dealt with accordingly if they’re found to be doing the wrong thing,” he said in a statement.
“Task Force Magnus isn’t just about investigating the links between recent violent attacks but it’s about taking a proactive approach to hinder any potential future activity, and ultimately restoring a sense of safety in the community.”
He was confident police could “inflict serious damage” on criminal networks fueling gun violence across Sydney.
Taskforce Magnus, led by the State Crime Command, will investigate the links between the spate of recent shootings following the death of prominent underworld figure Alen Moradian.
The 48-year-old from Sydney’s eastern suburbs was gunned down in his vehicle at an underground car park at Bondi Junction on June 27.
Speaking to media last week, NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb said it was too early to speculate whether the recent gun violence was linked to two warring organised crime groups.
However, she was confident Taskforce Magnus would see results and assured the public that police would leave “no stone unturned”.
Anyone with information that may help investigators as part of Taskforce Magnus is urged to contact police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.