Gold Coast man among four charged over major drug supply syndicate

A Gold Coast man has been charged over his alleged role in a large-scale drug supply syndicate operating in northern NSW.

The Bilinga man is among four people who were arrested by strike force detectives on Tuesday following ongoing investigations.

Officers formed Strike Force Trevalsa in January 2018 to investigate the ongoing supply of large commercial quantities of illicit drugs on the north coast of New South Wales.


Following a lengthy investigation, police arrested a 26-year-old Byron Bay man in Chinderah, about 1.30pm yesterday.

They also conducted three search warrants at homes in Byron Bay, Lismore Heights and Bilinga.

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During the searches, police located 3.4kg of MDMA, 1.5kg of cannabis and a quantity of cocaine.

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Three men, aged 22, 45 and 53, were arrested and taken to Byron Bay Police Station where they were each charged with a number of drug offences.

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Richmond Police District Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said investigators are pleased with the outcome of the arrests.

“With the seizure of seven kilograms of illicit drugs, and the arrest of four people, we know we have been able to reduce the availability of drugs in this area,” Det Insp Lindsay said.

“The drugs we have seized during this operation are highly addictive and destructive and it is imperative to our community to get these drugs off our streets.”

Police say investigations are continuing and further charges are expected.