THREE men have been arrested and charged and more than 30kg of drugs worth $9 million seized from the streets of Sydney after police launched a major offensive against a criminal syndicate operating in the city.
Detectives from the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad established Strike Force Melinz to investigate the supply of cocaine throughout the city and, over the past week, conducted two “controlled operations”.
During the operations, strike force detectives seized 25kg of cocaine – 22kg of which was in block form, 5kg of ephedrine, 20L of benzaldehyde, and small amounts of heroin, methylamphetamine, and cannabis.
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The cocaine blocks were found during a raid on an apartment at Pyrmont.
Police also executed search warrants on properties in Bankstown, Concord West, Elizabeth Hills, and Wetherill Park.
During these searches, officers allegedly seized more than $100,000 cash, two cars, meth, laptops, mobile phones, other electronic devices, and clothing.
Three men, aged 40, 42 and 43, were arrested during the operation and each charged with a list of offences.
The 43-year-old man has been charged with three counts of supply prohibited drug and offer to supply prohibited drug. He’s been refused bail to appear before Burwood Local Court in October.
The older man was charged with three counts of supply prohibited drug and possess prohibited drug. He too was refused bail and will front Newtown Local Court today.
Meanwhile, the youngest of the three accused was charged with two counts of supplying a prohibited drug. He was remanded in custody to appear in Fairfield Local Court today.
MEOCS Commader, Detective Superintendent Peter McErlain, said investigations under Strike Force Melinz are continuing.
“In the matter of only a few weeks, MEOCS investigators have seized more than 30kg of prohibited drugs with an estimated potential street value of almost $9 million,” Det Supt McErlain said.
“While this is a great result, we still have more work to do on this investigation; we expect to make further arrests in the near future.
“MEOCS detectives work side-by-side with investigators throughout NSW to target criminal activity that puts our community at risk, which includes targeting the supply of these poisons.
“Our key challenge is reducing demand for all illicit drugs, and to truly effect change, the entire community needs to be involved.”