A high-level member of the Comanchero bikie gang has been charged as NSW Police ramp up proactive activities following last week’s murder of a notorious Sydney gangland figure.
On Friday, the 41-year-old man, who police allege is the National Sergeant at Arms of the Comanchero outlaw motorcycle group, was charged with two counts of contravening a serious crime prevention order after failing to tell police he had changed his living arrangements while visiting NSW.
He will appear at Downing Centre Local Court in June.
It comes after gangland figure Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad was gunned down on a southwest Sydney street on Wednesday night, in what Homicide Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty described as a brazen and callous murder.
The hit appeared to be another chapter in the city’s bloody gang wars, with anti-gang Raptor Squad police performing CPR on the 39-year-old in a Greenacre street before he died on Wednesday night.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Paul Toole said the government is committed to supporting officers in dismantling Sydney’s organised crime networks.
“The execution of Mahmoud Ahmad at Greenacre was a disgraceful and intolerable act of public violence, but this only strengthens our resolve to ensure police are well-equipped to arrest and charge those responsible,” Mr Toole said.
‘Police are watching’
“The message is simple: if you’re even remotely associated with organised crime, police are watching, they have leads, and they will act.”
A large amount of intelligence has been gathered in the lead up and days following Ahmad’s murder, State Crime Command Director Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett said on Sunday.
“Preventing these types of events is an imperfect science – and a challenging one at that,” Det Chief Supt. Bennett said.
“Ahmad was cautioned about the imminent threat to his life on multiple occasions but chose to ignore those warnings, with fatal consequences.”
He said officers are involved in covert and overt activities with homicide squad detectives into the murder to stop further violence occurring.
“This sort of barbarity won’t be tolerated, and I just want to assure everyone that stopping these murders and holding those responsible to account is of the highest importance to police,” he said.
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