Police swoop on bikies

TWO senior gang members have been arrested and guns seized during multiple raids of bikie-owned homes and businesses across Sydney as police warn underworld criminals to expect more of the same.

Strike Force detectives hit 18 properties including the Bella Vista home belonging to Nomad Sam Ibrahim which was sprayed with bullets a week ago.

While Ibrahim was not arrested, police spent two hours searching his home and vehicles before leaving with several exhibit bags.

The raids kicked off a three-day blitz which involves hundreds of police officers patrolling the city and enforcing a new law banning bikies from wearing their colours in Kings Cross pubs and clubs.

The state's acting assistant police commissioner Mal Lanyon said firearms, drugs, mobile phones and bikie colours were seized during the raids.

He warned the operation was an example of "what the NSW Police Force will do to criminals who engage in these activities".

"We will not tolerate the actions of any individual or group who wishes to risk the safety of the community by committing public acts of violence," Mr Lanyon said.

"Police will use any method available to them to stop the violence and arrest those responsible, and that includes looking for evidence of any criminal activity, including evidence linked to the shootings.

"As well as the raids this morning, Strike Force Kinnarra has continued to employ a range of other strategies to target these groups, including proactive patrols and other intelligence-based activities.

"The members and associates of these gangs are on notice that police won't be taking the pressure off. Further arrests and more large operations are anticipated."

All properties searched were linked to members of the Hells Angels and Nomads bikie gangs.

Topics:  bikie gangs, kings cross, nomads, sam ibrahim



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