Two charged after more than $3 million of illicit drugs seized - Organised Crime Squad

Wednesday, 08 September 2021 01:11:16 PM

Organised Crime Squad detectives have charged two men seizing cash and about 10kg of methylamphetamine, after dismantling a large-scale clandestine laboratory on the state’s Central Coast.

Earlier this year, Organised Crime Squad detectives established Strike Force Garlow to investigate a criminal syndicate involved in the supply and manufacture of prohibited drugs across NSW.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives attempted to stop a black Toyota Kluger on Burns Road, Ourimbah, just after 5pm yesterday (Tuesday 7 September 2021).

Police will allege in court the Kluger rammed two police vehicles, heavily damaging one and causing minor injuries to a male Senior Constable, before the two occupants fled on foot.

Detectives, assisted by local police and the Dog Squad, arrested two men – aged 35 and 48 – nearby a short time later, before they were taken to Wyong Police Station.

A search warrant was executed at an Ourimbah home, where police seized drug paraphernalia, $220,000 cash, an electronic stun device, and a ballistic vest.

As part of ongoing inquiries, a crime scene warrant was subsequently executed at a rural property in Kulnura about 9pm last night.

During a search of a shed on the property, officers seized more than 10kg of methylamphetamine, a large quantity of methylamphetamine oil, more than 20kg of precursor chemicals used in the manufacture of prohibited drugs, and equipment consistent with the large-scale manufacture of prohibited drugs.

Detectives were assisted throughout the search warrant by Fire & Rescue NSW HAZMAT, who rendered the lab safe before handing it to officers attached to State Crime Command’s Chemical Operations Team.

All items and substances seized during the operation will undergo further forensic examination.

Both men were charged with manufacture prohibited drug more than commercial quantity, supply prohibited drug more than large commercial quantity, and not comply with noticed direction re s 7/8/9 - COVID-19.

The 35-year-old man was also charged with knowingly deal with proceeds of crime, while the 48-year-old man was charged with use offensive weapon in company to prevent detention.

Both were refused bail and appeared at Wyong Local Court today (Wednesday 8 September 2021), where they were formally refused bail to reappear at the same court on Tuesday 2 November 2021.