Cops seize over $1.5m in drugs in raids across Sydney, Central Coast

UPDATE: Police have seized more than one-and-a-half million dollars worth of dangerous drugs and 1.5 tons of chemicals used to manufacture meth following a series of raids across Sydney and the NSW Central Coast.

The massive operation was lead by Strike Force Bamberry, established in December last year to investigate the manufacture and distribution of prohibited drugs on the state’s Central Coast.

Following a six month long investigation, Strike Force detectives arrested a 26-year-old St Clair man about 11am yesterday, following a vehicle stop at Kariong.


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During a subsequent search of the man’s vehicle, police allegedly located and seized amounts of MDMA, MDA and cocaine.

He was later charged with seven offences including supply large commercial quantity of prohibited drug, supply indictable quantity of prohibited drug and knowingly participate in a criminal group.

Two 20-year-old men were arrested a short time later, one of whom was charged with eight offences including supply large commercial quantity of prohibited drug and participating in a criminal group.

The second 20-year-old man was charged with a total of 19 offences, including supply large commercial quantity of prohibited drug, supply indictable quantity of a prohibited drug and knowingly participate in a criminal group.

The trio were refused bail to appear before Gosford Local Court today.

Following the arrests, police then executed 11 search warrants across the state’s Central Coast, including properties at Umina, Woy Woy, Horsfield Bay and Ettalong, as well as a number of Sydney properties at St Ives, Stanhope Gardens, Hornsby and St Clair.

They also conducted a search at a home in Pickett’s Valley, on the state’s Central Coast in accordance with a Firearms Prohibition Order.

While executing the warrants, officers allegedly located and large amounts of MDMA, MDA, GHB, cocaine, cannabis, methylamphetamine (‘ice’) and steroids with an estimated combined potential street value of more than $1.5 million.

A number of further items were seized from the properties, including two vehicles and an extendable baton, which will undergo forensic examination, as well as $125,000 in cash, believed to be the proceeds of crime.

Strike Force detectives also identified a storage unit on Bourke Road, Waterloo, during the operation where they executed another search warrant and allegedly uncovered more than 1.5 tons of precursor chemicals at the location, believed to be used in the large-scale manufacture of prohibited drugs.

Specialist officers are continuing their examination of the unit today.

Officers will also allege they located items – during the Stanhope Gardens search warrant – that are linked to the Mongols OMCG.

A fourth man, 21, was arrested and charged with a total of 18 offences including supply commercial quantity of prohibited drug, supply large commercial quantity of prohibited drug, supply indictable quantity of prohibited drug, and knowingly participate in a criminal group.

He was refused bail and is due to face Hornsby Local Court today.

A fifth person, a 34-year-old woman was also arrested – she was charged with five offences of supplying an indictable quantity of prohibited drug. She was granted conditional bail to appear before Gosford Local Court on Tuesday 21.

Brisbane Water Local Area Commander, Superintendent Danny Sullivan, said yesterday’s operation was the culmination of several months of investigations.

“Strike Force Bamberry detectives have been working incredibly hard for six months, all of which has culminated in yesterday’s search warrants and numerous arrests,” Supt Sullivan said.

“It’s clear that those arrested during the operation were members of an elaborate syndicate that had been operating across the Central Coast peninsula for some time.

“I can assure the community that we will continue to hunt down those who seek to manufacture and distribute these substances within our neighbourhoods.

“These drugs can destroy lives – they’re not only illegal – but they can also be very harmful to your health, if not fatal.

“I’d also like to remind members of the public they should never underestimate the immensely positive impact one anonymous call to Crime Stoppers can make.

“If you see something you’re concerned about, I urge you to come forward, only then can police take action to make it stop.”

Strike Force detectives are continuing their investigations.