Detectives have charged three people and seized more than $645,000 cash and methylamphetamine as part of an ongoing investigation into the supply of prohibited drugs across NSW.
In October 2019, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad established Strike Force Stornaway to investigate the activities of a criminal syndicate involved in the supply of prohibited drugs across NSW.
Following extensive inquiries, officers executed a search warrant at a home in Little Bay on Tuesday 31 March 2020.
During the search, officers seized more than $46,000 cash, a money-counting machine and electronic equipment.
A 33-year-old man was arrested and taken to Maroubra Police Station, where he was charged with two counts of supply prohibited drug (large commercial quantity), and deal with property proceeds of crime.
It will be alleged in court that the man, who is a Finks MC associate, was involved in the supply of 20kg of methylamphetamine (ice) and 4.9kg of heroin in August 2019.
He appeared at Central Local Court on Tuesday 31 March 2020 and is next due to appear at Fairfield Local Court on Monday 1 June 2020.
Following further investigations, officers stopped a vehicle on Norah Street, Charmhaven, about 8.30am yesterday (Thursday 9 April 2020) and arrested the 49-year-old male driver and 26-year-old female passenger.
A 32-year-old man was also arrested following a separate vehicle stop a short distance away.
During subsequent searches of the vehicles, officers seized more than $168,000 in cash, 2kg of methylamphetamine (ice) and prohibited drugs believed to be MDMA.
About 2.30pm the same day, strike force detectives, with assistance from the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor, executed a search warrant at a unit in Hurstville.
During the search, officers located 2.5kg of cocaine, 2.5kg of methylamphetamine, and more than $431,000 cash. These items were all seized to undergo forensic examination.
The older man was charged with five counts of supply prohibited drug, and deal with proceeds of crime, money/property.
Police will allege that the Hurstville man was involved in the supply of cocaine, methylamphetamine and MDMA across the state.
The younger man was charged with deal with proceeds of crime money/property.
Both men were refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Friday 10 April 2020).
The woman was later released, pending further inquiries.
Investigations under Strike Force Stornaway are continuing.