A SENIOR Rebels bikie and another former senior member have been charged as part of a series of firearm prohibition orders in the Great Lakes area on Monday.
Strike Force Raptor officers and Manning-Great Lakes police conducted the orders at properties in Coopernook’s Macquarie Street, Old Bar Road at Glenthorne, Diamond Beach Road at Hallidays Point, Kerle Street at Taree and Rosedale Road in Tinonee.
Police said the searches led them to seize a replica rifle, steroids, cash, Rebels paraphernalia and items that will undergo further examination.
A Tinonee man, 27, and a 61-year-old from Coopernook were arrested during the operation.
The 27-year-old man, who police allege is a senior member of the local Rebels chapter, was charged with goods in custody. Police will allege in court that he had been in possession of a stolen Chrysler SRT8 recovered in Taree last week.
The older man, who police confirmed is a member of the outlaw motorcycle gang, was charged with a firearm offence.
Both men were granted strict conditional bail and will face court in Forster on February 5.
Manning-Great Lakes police district crime manager Detective Chief Inspector Rod Blackman said police will continue to run similar operations.
“Our community deserves to live without fear of violence or intimidation by people who have no regard for the law – or for the safety of fellow residents,” he said.
“We have always focused our policing strategies on those who do the wrong thing and with the assistance of Strike Force Raptor, we will continue to deploy various overt and covert operations to disrupt gang activity.
“Let this be a warning to members and associates of criminal groups in our district; we will be knocking on your doors and you will face court if you break the law.