Police operation aimed to control gang crime

UNDERCOVER cops have raided hundreds of homes and businesses across Sydney in an attempt to regain control of gang-crime in the western-suburbs.

Detectives hit more than 267 premises during the two-day operation which led to several drug arrests and 35 fines.

The heavy police presence was aimed at sending a message to those responsible for a series of public shootings in the past month.

It was the seventh operation headed by Operation Apollo, which has netted more than 80 illegal guns and brought 320 accused offenders before the courts since February.

Acting Commander, Detective Superintendent Scott Cook, told reporters in Sydney on Tuesday, every gun and drug taken off the street was a win for the community.

He promised police were "out there every night" targeting criminals using guns to settle an ongoing turf war between rival bikie gangs.

"As long as people continue to use guns to sort out disagreements, there is always the potential for further shootings," Det Supt Cook said.

"Our aim is to get the guns off the streets and put those people involved in crime before the courts."

Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.