A police blitz has crippled alleged criminal networks locked in Sydney’s underworld war, as officers charged 115 people and made the mass seizure of guns, drugs and ammunition.
The two-day Operation Hawk was launched by NSW Police on Thursday morning, in what senior detectives described as a plan to “get in the face” of associates of the Hamzy and Alameddine families.
More than 600 police officers, with a sole goal of targeting alleged gang members, flooded the city’s streets to 2am on Saturday morning.
At that time, police charged 115 people who, it will be alleged, were members, associates or supporters of the warring crime networks.
Police also seized 18 firearms, 672 rounds of ammunition, nearly $ 100,000 in cash, and a haul of prohibited drugs with an estimated street value of $ 1.2 million.
The drugs allegedly included methylamphetamine (ice), MDMA, gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and cannabis.
“In total, police executed 66 Firearm Prohibition Order (FPO) searches and crime scene warrants, charging 115 people with a combined 292 offenses,” police said.
Officers also completed more than 450 bail compliance checks and searched about 200 businesses.
Police Minister Paul Toole and State Crime Commander Stuart Smith will address the media later this morning.
On Thursday, Mr Smith said the operation was designed to “put [gang members] on notice that your day is coming “.
“We’re going to really get into the face of these people and we’re going to remind them that this city’s not their place,” he said.
The new arrests and charges come days after senior figures of the Hamzy clan Ibrahem Hamze, Haissam Hamze and Tareek Hamzy were charged over an alleged kidnapping in Sydney ‘west.
Ibrahem Hamze was also charged with allegedly directing an attempted hit on a rival outside a Prospect gym in November.