Auburn man arrested in gang raids

A senior member of the Brothers 4 Life gang who was shot on board a luxury yacht in Rose Bay on New Year's Day and an Auburn man have been arrested during a series of raids across Sydney and the central coast that police say will seriously disrupt the gang's criminal operations.

Farhad Qaumi, 31, will appear in court on Thursday on a number of firearms and drugs charges after he was arrested by heavily armed police on the central coast on Wednesday afternoon.

Police will allege in court that Mr Qaumi, who is the leader of the gang's Blacktown chapter, directed the criminal activities of Brothers 4 Life.

Mr Quami's younger brother, Mumtaz Qaumi, and a man from Auburn, aged 27, were also arrested during seven raids at Villawood, Guildford, Auburn, Kellyville and Wyong on Wednesday afternoon.

The raids were carried out by detectives from the State Crime Command's Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad, which formed Strike Force Sitella to investigate a number of shootings in Sydney during the second half of 2013.

"Police will allege that two of the men were actively involved in directing many of the gang's illegal activities and believe their arrests will seriously disrupt the group's criminal agendas,'' police said in a statement.

Farhad Qaumi was on board the 105-foot motor yacht Oscar II as it pulled into Rose Bay wharf about 11.30pm on New Year's Day when an unknown gunman or gunmen opened fire on the vessel.

He was struck in the shoulder by one of at least 18 bullets that hit the yacht, which is available for hire for $2400 an hour in high season or $95,000 a week.

But rather than seek immediate medical treatment, Mr Qaumi is believed to have left the shooting scene in a taxi, and was found injured in Bondi less than two hours later.

He was treated by paramedics and taken to St Vincent's Hospital, but discharged himself the following morning. He refused to speak to police.

Following Wednesday's raids, Mr Qaumi, from Chittaway Bay, was charged with two counts of possessing an unauthorised pistol; possessing an unauthorised prohibited firearm; two counts of supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug; supplying an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug; and knowingly directing the criminal activities of group.

He has been refused bail and will appear in Wyong Local Court on Thursday.

His brother Mumtaz, from Wyong, was charged with possessing an unauthorised pistol; possessing an unauthorised prohibited firearm; two counts of supplying a large commercial quantity of a  prohibited drug; supplying an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug; and knowingly directing the criminal activities of group.

He was refused bail and will appear in Wyong Local Court on Thursday.

The Auburn man was charged with attempting to possess an unauthorised pistol; attempting to possess an unauthorised prohibited firearm; two counts of supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug; supplying an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug; and participating in a criminal group.

He has been refused bail and will appear in Parramatta Local Court on Thursday.

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