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A major international drug investigation has led police to seize 300kg of cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as millions of dollars in cash in Sydney’s west.
The year-long operation stretched from Germany to the US, before finally coming to a head about 6am on Wednesday when NSW Police stormed homes in Wetherill Park, Bankstown, Liverpool, Earlwood, and Picton.
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Five men aged 30, 33, 38, 41, and 44 were arrested and charged.
US authorities also executed a simultaneous search warrant in Los Angeles and arrested a 23-year-old man, who was later charged.
During the investigation, officers Operation Phobetor detectives along with Australian Border Force (ABF) officers and US Homeland Security Investigations “intercepted and seized about 220kg of methamphetamine in Los Angeles, bound for Australia”, NSW police said.
They also seized approximately 60kg of cocaine at a Sydney freight depot concealed inside pieces of machinery, and $960,000 cash.
It’s believed the cocaine seized was sourced in Germany.
A controlled delivery was conducted a few hours later in Sydney, which led to two further arrests and the seizure of a further $1.4 million in cash.
“Organised criminal networks (OCNs) are usually notoriously competitive for control in the illicit drug trade,” NSW Police Force Organised Crime Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Peter Faux said on Thursday.
“However, what we have seen through this operation and other intelligence is that some members of OCNs are working collaboratively to bring drugs into our country.
“While the different methods of concealment aren’t new, it’s the level of involvement from various criminal syndicates to bring in shipments which is of note.”
AFP Commander Kate Ferry said the operation was an example of law enforcement at its best.
“These (alleged) criminals undermine our national security and our economy. They make our suburbs and roads less safe,” she said.
Investigations are continuing.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
NSW Police: Major international drug bust of 300kg seized in Western Sydney
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