Lone Wolf bikies arrested by NSW Police at St Clair and Hebersham on serious drugs charges
Officers raided several properties in Hebersham and St Clair, about 50km west of Sydney’s CBD, in targeted operations this week.
The heavily tattooed national president of the organised crime group, Medhat Mankaryous, was marched out of his home in St Clair by police, in nothing but a robe and garishly coloured board shorts.
Multiple officers from the Raptor Squad had earlier barged their way into Mankaryous’ home, before they emerged after arresting the gang figurehead.
The 41-year-old was seen handcuffed before he was forced to sit on a chair in the driveway of the property.
Mankaryous was charged with allegedly manufacturing and supplying a large quantity of meth.
He is one of four presidents of the outlaw bikie gang, and faces life behind bars if he is found guilty of the charge.
He was refused bail and fronted Penrith local court on Friday, with his case set to be heard in October.
Two other men from the gang were also arrested at Hebersham on Tuesday.
One man was arrested at his property and was charged with allegedly participating in a criminal group and stealing a motor vehicle.
Police will allege in court the man was involved in disposing of the vehicle used in a shooting at Connells Point in July last year.
He was denied bail after he was taken to Mount Druitt Local Court later that day and will face Windsor Local Court in late October.
A third man was arrested and charged with allegedly possessing, manufacturing, and distributing meth.
He was denied bail after appearing before Penrith Local Court on Wednesday. He will face court again in November.
The raids were part of operations conducted under Strike Force Searle, a taskforce set up by NSW Police in October 2022 to investigate the manufacture and supply of methylamphetamine by members of the outlaw group.
It comes after the gang’s former boss Erkan ‘Eric the Wolf’ Keskin was found dead in Turkey in 2022, after he fled Australia more than three years ago.
Keskin maintained control over the Lone Wolf Gang after he left Australia in late 2019 and had links to exiled Comanchero boss Mark Buddle.
Police estimated he had amassed a $50million fortune.