Police seize $12 million worth of drugs - Strike Force Chadderton

Thursday, 11 April 2024 08:53:50 AM

Raptor Squad officers have charged a man following the seizure of over 700kg worth of drugs in Western Sydney.

In February 2024 detectives attached to State Crime Command’s Raptor Squad established Strike Force Chadderton to investigate the interstate transportation of cash linked to criminal activity.

Following an extensive investigation police executed a search warrant at 8pm Sunday 7 April 2024, on a storage unit in Auburn.

During the search police located and seized 722kg of Alprazolam commonly referred to as ‘Xanax’ with an estimated street value of $12 million. This is the largest single seizure of pharmaceutical drugs in NSW history.

As part of investigations police also stopped and searched a truck travelling on Hammond Avenue, Wagga Wagga, about 9pm yesterday (Wednesday 10 April 2024).

During the search police located and seized shopping bags containing almost $1 million in cash.

The driver, a 28-year-old man, was arrested and taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station where he was charged with supply prohibited drug greater than large commercial quantity and knowingly deal with proceeds of crime.

He was refused bail to appear before Wagga Wagga Local Court today (Thursday 11 April 2024).