Four Sydney taxi drivers charged over cocaine delivery service

UPDATE: Police have charged four men over their alleged involvement in a criminal syndicate using taxis to deliver cocaine across Sydney.

The men were arrested during the execution of simultaneous search warrants at five homes in Auburn, South Granville and Guildford about 6am today, Friday 6 November 2015.

Detectives from Sydney City Local Area Command formed Strike Force Illinoi in July 2015 to investigate the men’s activities.


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This morning’s operation involved more than 100 police from the Central Metropolitan Region, South West Metropolitan Region, Tactical Operations Group, and Public Order and Riot Squad.

It will be alleged the men have been using taxis to deliver cocaine throughout Sydney seven days a week. Each man allegedly conducted 50 to 150 individual drug transactions per day.

As part of this morning’s operation, officers attached to Strike Force Illinoi seized two taxis, which were towed for forensic examination.

Police also seized cash totalling more than $350,000; about 310g of cocaine (with an estimated potential street value of more than $93,000); eight firearms; and other items relevant to the investigation.

At the South Granville address, police seized a large amount of cash; two unregistered firearms; six other firearms; one electronic stun gun; one extendable baton; and nine bags of cocaine totalling 4.04g.

A 39-year-old man arrested at this location was taken to Parramatta Police Station, where he was charged with supply drugs on an ongoing basis (three counts); participate in organised criminal group; deal with proceeds of crime; firearms charges; and charges related to prohibited weapons.

This man has been refused bail to appear in Parramatta Local Court tomorrow (Saturday 7 November 2015).

At the Guildford residence, police seized a large amount of cash and 21 bags of cocaine totalling 18.99g.

A 38-year-old was arrested at this residence and taken to Parramatta Police Station, where he was charged with supply drug (commercial quantity); supply drugs on an ongoing basis (three counts); knowingly direct organised criminal group; deal with proceeds of crime; and other ancillary charges.

This man has been refused bail to appear in Parramatta Local Court tomorrow.

At two homes owned by a 35-year-old man in Auburn, police seized large amounts of cash, 282g of cocaine, cannabis and electronic items.

This man was arrested and taken to Auburn Police Station, where he was charged with supply drug (commercial quantity); supply drugs on an ongoing basis (three counts); knowingly direct organised criminal group; and deal with proceeds of crime.

This man has been refused bail to appear in Parramatta Local Court tomorrow.

At a third home in Auburn, police seized a large amount of cash; 14 bags of cocaine totalling 12 grams; and an extendable baton.

A 36-year-old man was arrested at this residence and taken to Auburn Police station, where he was charged with supply drug (commercial quantity); supply drugs on an ongoing basis (three counts); knowingly direct organised criminal group; deal with proceeds of crime; and other ancillary charges.

This man has been refused bail to appear in Burwood Local Court today.

The investigation continues.

EARLIER: FOUR Sydney taxi drivers have been arrested and are expected to be charged over an alleged cocaine distribution syndicate.

Five homes in Auburn, Guildford  and South Granville were raided at 6am this morning, with police arresting four men, all aged in their 30s.

It’s believed the cabbies were part of a drug delivery service, where they would deliver cocaine to hundreds of homes, pubs and nightclubs under the disguise of routine taxi work.

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