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A Comanchero bikie is among seven people arrested as police crackdown on firearms.

Laura Chung

A Comanchero bikie is among seven people arrested as police crackdown on firearms.

About 3.10pm on Wednesday, detectives attended a hotel on Burwood Road, in Burwood, and arrested Comanchero member Tarek Zahed, 40, for an alleged breach of bail conditions.

Police executed a firearm prohibition order at Mr Zahed’s home in Homebush where cash, prohibited drugs and clothing with Comancheros Outlaw Motorcycle Gang insignia were allegedly seized for forensic examination.

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Police also attended a home in South Wentworthville at 4.25pm, where a .38 calibre revolver had previously been found.

Eight people were arrested as police crackdown on Firearm Prohibition Orders across Sydney.Credit:NSW Police

Helal Safi and Latesha Campbell, both aged 45, were arrested before another five other men, aged 42, 29, 28, 27 and 23, were located in the home and also arrested.

During a search of the premises, officers allegedly seized an electronic storage device, mobile phones, prohibited knives, various prohibited drugs believed to be methylamphetamine, heroin, MDMA and steroids, as well as prescription drugs.

The arrests were made on Friday, where they allegedly found weapons, drugs and cash.
The arrests were made on Friday, where they allegedly found weapons, drugs and cash.

Police also searched a Hyundai i30 hatchback and allegedly seized a baton, slingshot, mask and assorted documentation.

During the operation, a 37-year-old man arrived at the scene in a vehicle and was identified as a disqualified driver. He will appear at Parramatta Local Court on December 14.

Mr Safi and Ms Campbell were taken to Parramatta Police Station, where Mr Safi was charged with multiple charges, including three counts of possessing or using a prohibited weapon without a permit, possessing an unauthorised prohibited firearm, and not keeping a firearm safely.

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Ms Campbell was charged with firearm found at premises-subject to a prohibition order, and owner or occupier knowingly allow use as drug premises.

Both appeared at Parramatta Local Court on Thursday where neither made an application for bail. They will reappear on Friday.

Police seized a range of items in their search of two properties on Wednesday, including weapons, drugs and cash.
Police seized a range of items in their search of two properties on Wednesday, including weapons, drugs and cash. Credit:NSW Police

Mr Zahed appeared at Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday and will reappear at the same court January 21.

The five other men were taken to Granville Police Station.

Matihola Funaki, 42, was charged with possessing a prohibited weapon. He appeared at Fairfield Local Court on Thursday, where he was granted conditional bail. Mr Funaki’s matter will return to the same court on December 9.

The 27-year-old and 23-year-old were charged with custody of a knife in a public place and granted conditional bail to appear at Fairfield Local Court on November 23.

The two other men were released pending further inquiries.

The Herald does not suggest the seven other people arrested during the police operation have any involvement in the Comanchero motorcycle gang.

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