POLICE carried out several early morning raids in Merrylands last week as part of a high-impact operation targeting firearm-related violence in Sydney’s south-west.
Since the beginning of August, there have been 12 shootings, including five in public places.
More than 50 properties have been searched across the south west and 25 people charged as part of Operation Clampdown, which was established to investigate public place shootings across the South West Metropolitan Region in August and September.
As part of Operation Clampdown, officers from South West Metropolitan Region, assisted by State Crime Command, Operational Support Group, the Public Order and Riot Squad, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, PolAir, and the Dog Unit, have allegedly located 13 firearms including seven pistols, a homemade firearm, prohibited drugs, cash, an electronic stun device, knives, knuckle dusters, ammunition, a ballistic vest, 380 false credit cards, 101 mobile phones, and OMCG colours.
All items seized during the operation will undergo forensic examination.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, says Operation Clampdown has sent an unequivocal message to the perpetrators of this violence that no-one is above the law.
“Their reckless actions show a flagrant disregard for community safety and this Government will not tolerate this vigilante behaviour,” he said.
Police are urging anyone with information that may assist Operation Clampdown detectives to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
Information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.