Three arrested and charged after raid of Hill Top property

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Another three men have been charged after Raptor Squad officers seized numerous rifles, ammunition, cash and prohibited drugs during the search of a property in Hill Top village.

Last November investigators from the State Crime Command’s Raptor Squad commenced investigations into a criminal syndicate allegedly involved in firearm related offences and the supply of prohibited drugs.

As part of their inquiries, police executed a search warrant at a unit in Bankstown, locating and seizing two pistols, ammunition, and $87,960 cash.

A 24-year-old man who is an associate of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang was arrested at the unit and charged over his alleged involvement in the syndicate and remains before the courts.

Following extensive further inquiries, Raptor Squad officers executed a search warrant at a property at Hill Top, a village located between Wollondilly and the Southern Highlands, from about 6.30am yesterday.

During a subsequent search, investigators located an indoor hydroponic setup containing more than 50 cannabis plants, and equipment consistent with the cultivation and supply of cannabis.

Additionally, police located and seized three rifles, more than $115,000 cash secreted within log hollows on the property, 386 rounds of ammunition, steroids, further amounts of dried cannabis, and methylamphetamine.

Three men aged 41, 42 and 44 were arrested and taken to Southern Highlands Police Station.

A 44-year-old man was charged with cultivating cannabis, three counts of possessing an unregistered firearm.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Moss Vale Local Court on August 9.

A 41-year-old man was charged with two counts of possession of drugs, unregistered firearm and concealing a serious indictable offence.

The A 42-year-old man was charged with growing cannabis, firearms offences and dealing with the proceeds of crime.

Both were refused bail to appear at Picton Local Court today.

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