Drugs worth millions of dollars were seized and 12 people arrested when police busted a drug syndicate operating across Sydney’s north and south-west overnight. Officers conducted six simultaneous searches in suburbs including St Marys, Kellyville, Fairfield West and West Hoxton from about 8:00pm.
Three woman and nine men, aged between 19 and 32, were charged with various drug offences including supplying and possessing prohibited drugs, after police seized methamphetamines and cash.
Sydney City Police Acting Superintendent Leanne McCusker said police had been covertly investigating the syndicate for a number of months.
She said a significant number of police officers attached to Sydney City Police, with assistance from the Tactical Operations Unit, the Public Order and Riot Squad and the Dog Unit conducted the searches.
“Following this investigation, police will allege that the large scale drug supply from this organised group was a commercial amount of methamphetamine that was being distributed across the Sydney area.D
Drugs of ‘high-level street value, well and truly over the millions’
Acting Superintendent MCusker said the amount of drugs was “a large seizure”.
“Police will allege that this group have been involved in this organised syndicate and have been operating across Sydney for an amount of time.
“This investigation is ongoing and if police determine other people are involved then that investigation will continue and police will look further into that.
“It is a high-level street value and I would suggest that it is well and truly over the millions.
“It certainly will have an impact on supply … drug supply is a problem across Sydney and police will continue to investigate.”
She said more than 100 police officers were involved in the raids last night.
Acting Superintendent McCusker said there were no suggestions the syndicate was linked to bikie gangs.
All of those charged are due to face Parramatta Local Court today.
Acting Superintendent McCusker said the raids were conducted by Strike Force Glenwari, which was established earlier this year by Sydney City Police to investigate large-scale drug supply across Sydney.