NSW Police Force investigators have executed 33 search warrants, arrested 35 people and seized 27 firearms, more than $800,000 dollars cash, luxury vehicles worth $1.5 million and significant quantities of prohibited drugs during the state-based arm of Operation Ironside.
Operation Ironside was established by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), together with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 2018, to investigate serious organised crime and outlaw motorcycle gangs allegedly responsible for large-scale drug importations, drug manufacture and violent criminal activity.
During the NSW-based two-day operation, NSW Police Force investigators executed more than 33 search warrants at locations across the State, including Mudgee.
Just after 7am on Tuesday 7th June, detectives from the Drug and Firearm Squad, with the assistance from officers attached to Orana Mid-Western Police District, executed two searches at properties in Mudgee.
During the searches, detectives seized 20 firearms - including a 50-calibre military style gun - nearly $12,000 dollars cash, ammunition, electronic devices and cannabis.
A 35-year-old man was arrested and taken to Mudgee Police Station as inquiries are continuing.
So far across the overall operation, NSW Police Force officers seized 27 firearms - including two Glock pistols and a 50-calibre sniper rifle - as well as $1.5 million dollars worth of luxury vehicles - including a Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren and Bentley.
Officers also seized $800,000 dollars cash and significant quantities of prohibited drugs - including cocaine, ice, MDMA, cannabis, pseudoephedrine and other precursors, and various prescription drugs.
Inquiries by the NSW Police Force are continuing and further activity, together with national and international law enforcement agencies, is expected to occur.