Major NSW drug syndicate busted

Four men have been charged during a major drug operation in the Illawarra.

Police seized cash and drugs as part of an ongoing investigation into a large-scale syndicate operating in the Illawarra region and south-west Sydney.

Strike Force Kindilen was established by officers from Lake Illawarra Local Area Command in March to investigate the supply of methylamphetamine and cocaine.


About 7am on Monday police raided four homes in the Lake Illawarra and Fairfield areas, seizing ice and $10,000 cash.

They were assisted by officers from the South West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad.

Two men, aged 47 and 50, were arrested at Wollongong Local Court and taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station.

Another two, aged 21 and 27, were arrested at Heathcote and taken to Sutherland Police Station.

The men were charged with various offences including supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, conspiracy to supply a large commercial quantity, and the ongoing supply of a prohibited drug.

Three of the men were refused bail.

The 47-year-old and 50-year-old will appear at Wollongong Local Court and  the 27-year-old will appear at Sutherland Local Court on Tuesday.

The youngest man was granted conditional bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court on Thursday.

Investigations are continuing.