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As part of ongoing investigations, a number of raids were carried out at 13 properties in western Sydney in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Police found and seized over $1.2 million in cash, a gun, ammunition, gold bars, cigarettes, cocaine, MDMA, cannabis, steroids, electronics, cryptocurrency wallets and documents.
Five men – aged between 30 and 44 – were arrested in the raids.
Later that day, a “controlled delivery” was observed by police, ultimately leading to the discovery of another $1.4 million in cash.
A 28 and 32-year-old man was arrested at the scene, but the older man was later released.
Simultaneously, US authorities conducted their own raids, where 128 kg of methamphetamine, 55 kg of crystal MDMA, 18 kg of cocaine and around US$15,000 ($10,000) were seized in Los Angeles.
The combined market value of the drugs is estimated at over A$300 million.
A 33-year-old man from Earlwood is believed to have used his job to monitor shipments arriving in Sydney.
“Organized criminal networks are generally notoriously competitive in controlling the illicit drug trade; however, what we have seen through this operation and other intelligence is that some OCN members are working collaboratively to introduce drugs in our country,” Detective Superintendent Peter Faux said. said.
“Although the various methods of concealment are not new, it is the level of involvement of various criminal syndicates in bringing in shipments that is noteworthy.”
The five men have been charged with various offenses and are all due to appear in court in the coming weeks and months.
Since 2021, NSW Police, alongside the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), Australian Border Force (ABF) officers and US Homeland Security , works in collaboration to intercept drugs destined for Australia.
Prior to yesterday’s raids, officers had intercepted and seized around 220kg of methamphetamine in Los Angeles, bound for Australia, around 60kg of cocaine at a Sydney cargo depot concealed inside machinery and $960,000 in cash.
Millions in cash, meth seized in NSW
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