Man Charged, Over $ 2 Million In Cocaine, Hydraulic Press Seized – Organized Crime Squad
Organized Crime Squad detectives have charged a man after cocaine, cash and other items were seized during a police operation in Sydney yesterday.
Earlier this year, detectives from the State Crime Command Organized Crime Squad, in conjunction with the NSW Crime Commission (NSWCC), launched a Strike Force Becke investigation into the activities of an alleged criminal syndicate involved in the supply of cocaine to Sydney.
Following extensive investigations, police, with assistance from PolAir, stopped a tow truck carrying a Nissan X-trail on Pennant Hills Road, Oatlands at around 12:40 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday, November 3, 2021).
In a subsequent search of the vehicle, detectives seized 4 kg of cocaine – stamped with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) logo – allegedly concealed in the Nissan.
Shortly after, a 42-year-old man was arrested in a parking lot on Windsor Road, Northmead, and taken to Granville Police Station.
From around 1 p.m., strike force detectives, with the assistance of the Financial Crimes Squad’s Motor Unit, the Dog Unit, the Australian Border Force’s Dog Unit and officers attached to the Commands of the Cumberland police, Ku-Ring-Gai and Parramatta, executed four search warrants on houses in Zetland, Thornleigh, Holroyd and Northmead.
During the search of Northmead’s home, detectives seized a hydraulic press and a metal stamp with the AFP logo, which police say was used to mark the blocks of cocaine seized, as well as 1.5 kg extra cocaine.
In total, cocaine has an estimated potential market value of $ 2.2 million.
Police also seized $ 43,735 in cash, cocaine, electronics, documents, vehicle license plates, ammunition and various items compatible with the illicit drug supply during searches in other locations. .
All seized items will be subject to an additional forensic examination.
The Northmead man has been charged with four counts of supplying prohibited drugs, knowingly trafficking the proceeds of crime and possessing ammunition without a license, permit or authorization.
He was denied bail to appear in Parramatta local court later today (Thursday, November 4, 2021).
Investigations are continuing.
Anyone with information relating to the importation or supply of illicit drugs is invited to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. The information is treated in a strictly confidential manner. The public are reminded not to report information through NSW Police social media pages.