SIX men have been charged by police after prohibited drugs worth $12 million, three firearms and $1.2 million cash were seized following a dramatic arrest at Sandon Point, Bulli just before midday yesterday by the Tactical Operations Unit.
Following a joint investigation between Southern Region Enforcement Squad and the Raptor Squad a 36-year-old man was arrested by the Tactical Operations Unit at the Sandon Point carpark about 11.30am on Wednesday (April 28).
During a search of the man’s vehicle, officers allegedly seized prohibited drugs, including MDMA, cocaine, and methylamphetamine (ice), with a combined estimated potential street value of $150,000.
The Miranda man – who police allege is a member of the Bandidos – was taken to Wollongong Police Station and charged with 20 offences, including supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, possessing an unregistered firearm and participating in a criminal group contributing to criminal activity. He was refused bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court today (Thursday, April 29).
Shortly after the Sandon Point arrest, investigators from Raptor Squad and Southern Region RES executed 10 search warrants at a number of Sydney properties. During the searches, officers seized more than $1.2 million cash, three firearms, ammunition, four luxury vehicles, jewellery valued at $1 million, electronic devices, items consistent with the supply of prohibited drugs and 100L of chemicals used in the manufacture of prohibited drugs.
Officers also seized 12.5kg of prohibited drugs – including cocaine, MDMA, and methylamphetamine (ice) – with a combined estimated potential street value of $12 million.
A further five men – aged 26, 28, 47 and two aged 31 – were arrested during the operation and taken to local police stations. They were charged with numerous offences, including supplying a prohibited drug and participating in a criminal group contributing to criminal activity.
Prior to the Bulli arrest, police inquiries revealed a criminal syndicate was supplying prohibited drugs – mainly cocaine, MDMA and methylamphetamine (ice) – across Sydney’s south west and eastern beaches, as well as the state’s South Coast.
Subsequently, in February this year, Strike Force Gommera was established by the State Crime Command’s Raptor Squad to investigate the syndicate’s links to Sydney-based outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCG).
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