A man police allege to be a senior member of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang has been charged after weapons, drugs and diesel suspected of being stolen were seized from a Rutherford home.
Police from the Criminal Groups Squad's Strike Force Raptor North spoke to a 45-year-old man on Young Street, Rutherford about 5.40am Thursday as part of ongoing investigations into an alleged criminal network.
The man was arrested and charged with breaching bail.
He appeared at Maitland Local Court that morning, where he was released on conditional bail.
A short time later, Strike Force Raptor North conducted a Firearms Prohibition Order (FPO) search at a home in Rutherford.
During the search, investigators found several items, including a push dagger, a sheath knife, a disguised electronic control device, an extendable baton and Rebels OMCG colours.
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Investigators also found a crystal substance suspected to be methamphetamine, prescribed restricted substances and 20 drums of diesel suspected of being stolen.
All items were seized for forensic analysis.
The 45-year-old man was arrested again at the scene and taken to Maitland Police Station.
He was charged with:
- Possess prohibited weapon without permit (four counts)
- Use prohibited weapon contrary to prohibition order (four counts)
- Fail to ensure safe keeping of prohibited weapon (four counts)
- Possess prohibited drug (three counts)
- Possess prescribed restricted substance (two counts)
- Goods in custody
The man was refused bail to appear before Maitland Local Court on Friday.