Two arrested in dawn raids

Police have arrested two men during dawn raids in south-west Sydney after investigations into the shooting of Maha Hamzy and the subsequent drive-by shooting of the home of convicted drug dealer Hakan Goktas.

The shooting of Goktas’ home on March 9 came 20 minutes after Ms Hamzy, an aunt of convicted murderer and Brothers For Life gang founder Bassam Hamzy, was shot in the legs outside her housing commission apartment in Auburn.

Police said Hassan Raad, 18, was arrested in Guildford and Mohamad Ojaghi, 20, at Auburn. Both were taken to Auburn police station and charged with shooting at Goktas’ house.

Mr Ojaghi was also charged with supplying a prohibited drug.

They have been refused bail and are to appear at Burwood Local Court on Thursday.

In the raids police seized a bolt-action rifle and ammunition; drugs believed to be ice, cannabis and prescription items, a stolen motorcycle, cash and other items.

A police spokeswoman said two men were in custody after raids at six properties in Auburn, South Granville and Merrylands.

Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said in a statement that the arrests were a culmination of investigative work and community help.

“Detectives have meticulously worked through evidence relating to the shooting and identified two of the males who have been arrested today and will be put before the court,” he said.

“These are not easy investigations but the NSW Police force is committed to thoroughly investigating each matter to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.”

After she was shot, Ms Hamzy was taken to hospital in a wheelchair but in a stable condition. Her father is a brother of Bassam Hamzy’s father, Khaled.

Goktas is on a two-year intensive correction order for knowingly taking part in the supply of methamphetamine. He has also appeared before the NSW Crime Commission on firearms charges.

Police are examining whether the shootings were related to two others aimed at Goktas in the past seven months.

Operation Apollo was set up in February to target gun and organised crime after a spate of shootings in Sydney’s south west.

Since then, more than 200 people have been arrested and charged with 400 offences.

More than 60 firearms and drugs with an estimated potential street value of $387,000 have been seized.

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