Police have charged four men, including a father and his two sons, with supplying large quantities of heroin and cocaine from a factory in Sydney’s southern suburbs.
In March 2015, detectives from State Crime Command’s Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad formed Strike Force Silverbirch to investigate an alleged criminal syndicate supplying prohibited drugs.
As a result of these inquiries, detectives arrested two men, aged 48 and 44, near a factory in Production Avenue, Kogarah, on Friday 11 September 2015.
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Later the same day, detectives executed a search warrant at the factory.
During the search, police seized cocaine with an estimate potential street value of more than $367,000 and heroin with an estimate potential street value of about $262,000.
Officers also seized blending equipment, moulds/dies, pressing equipment, vacuum-sealing equipment, cutting agents and disposable gloves.
The two arrested men were charged over their alleged involvement in supplying large quantities of prohibited drugs; both remain before the courts in relation to these charges.
On Wednesday 11 November 2015, a third man, aged 26, and a son of the 48-year-old man apprehended in September, was arrested by Strike Force Silverbirch detectives at St George Police Station. He is also before the courts in relation to the alleged drug-supply syndicate.
About 9.20am yesterday (Monday 23 November 2015), a fourth man, aged 23, and also a son of the 48-year-old man, was arrested at St George Police Station. He was charged with two counts of knowingly take part in the supply of prohibited drug (large commercial quantity).
The 23-year-old man appeared in Sutherland Local Court yesterday, where he was granted conditional bail to face Central Local Court on Thursday 14 January 2016.
The investigation continues.