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Drug supply network dismantled after more than a tonne of border-controlled drugs seized

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 08:55:44 PM

Police have charged 13 alleged members of a drug importing and supply syndicate following a multi-agency operation in NSW and ACT.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Gangs Squad commenced an investigation in December 2016 following reports of an extortion involving members of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG).

Their inquiries revealed a significant drug supply network, which included OMCG and other criminal groups planning large-scale importation of border controlled drugs.

As a result of further investigations, which also involved Australian Border Force (ABF) officers and detectives from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) led National Anti-Gangs Squad and ACT Policing Taskforce NEMESIS, a shipping container was intercepted at Port Botany last Saturday (24 June 2017).

The consignment was examined and 1.4 tonnes of ephedrine was located concealed in buckets labelled as ‘sea salt’.

Following extensive investigations, police from NSWPF, assisted by AFP and ABF, commenced an operation across Sydney and in the ACT, about 7am today (Wednesday 28 June 2017).

Officers executed 26 simultaneous search warrants at properties at Kurrajong, Glenwood, Londonderry, Cabramatta, Canley Vale, Fairfield, Bonnyrigg Heights, Georges Hall, Merrylands, Liverpool, Prestons, Minchinbury, Seven Hills, Plumpton, Regentville, Penrith, Ryde, and Forde, ACT.

A clandestine laboratory was located at the Georges Hall address, which was dismantled by the Drug Squad’s Chemical Operation Team.

During the warrants, officers seized six handguns, 6kg of ice, 10kg of ephedrine, a portable clandestine laboratory, steroids, various substances believed to be prohibited drugs, ammunition, mobile phones, OMCG colours, laptops, fireworks, documentation, and more than $2.5 million cash.

Investigators arrested 11 men and two women – aged between 19 and 60 – who were taken to local police stations.

A 23-year-old Minchinbury man was charged with commercial drug supply, possess firearm, and participate in criminal group.

A 33-year-old Georges Hall man was charged with import commercial quantity border controlled precursor, manufacture prohibited drug (large commercial), and participate in criminal group.

A 33-year-old Merrylands man was taken to Westmead Hospital for treatment, and later charged with large commercial drug supply, possess unregistered firearm (not prohibited/pistol), and participate in criminal group.

A 33-year-old Liverpool man was charged with deal with proceeds of crime, and participate in criminal group.

A 34-year-old Kurrajong man was charged with import commercial quantity border controlled precursor, three counts of large commercial drug supply, manufacture prohibited drug (large commercial),three counts of possess unauthorised pistol, deal with property proceeds of crime, and knowingly direct activities of criminal group.

A 34-year-old Cabramatta man was charged with import commercial quantity border controlled precursor, large commercial drug supply, conspiracy to manufacture prohibited drug (large commercial), and knowingly direct activities of criminal group.

A 35-year-old Glenwood man was charged with import commercial quantity border controlled precursor, two counts of large commercial drug supply, manufacture prohibited drug (large commercial), deal with property proceeds of crime, and knowingly direct activities of criminal group.

A 44-year-old Canley Vale man was charged with import commercial quantity border controlled precursor, and participate in criminal group.

A 60-year-old Georges Hall woman was charged with supply large commercial quantity of prohibited drug and possess prohibited drug.

A 19-year-old Georges Hall woman was charged with supply large commercial quantity of prohibited drug and possess prohibited drug.

A 39-year-old Georges Hall man was charged with supply large commercial quantity of prohibited drug and possess prohibited drug.

They’ve all been refused bail to appear at local courts tomorrow (Thursday 29 June 2017).

A 25-year-old Penrith man was charged with detain person with intent to obtain advantage, armed with intent to commit indictable offence, stalk/intimidate, and participate in criminal group.

He was refused bail and appeared at Penrith Local Court, where he was formally refused bail to appear at the same court on 14 July 2017.

A 32-year-old ACT man was charged with three counts of large commercial drug supply, and participate in criminal group.

He was refused bail and appeared at ACT Magistrates Court, where his extradition to NSW was applied for and granted. He will appear at a NSW court at a later date.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation drug supply to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/. Information about the illicit importation of substances can also be provided to Border Watch on 1800 061 800.

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.