Police seize 10,000 ecstasy pills
POLICE believe they have cracked a major Sydney drug syndicate, raiding eight locations, arresting seven men and seizing more than 10,000 ecstasy pills and a quantity of cocaine.
Firearms and Organised Crime Squad detectives today launched the raids after a six-month investigation, police said.
Strike Force Brotherglen was established in March to target the large scale supply of cocaine and manufacture and sale of ecstasy in and around Sydney's Sutherland Shire.
Following a drug purchase by undercover officers about 11am (AEDT) today at Lilli Pilli Oval in Port Hacking, police arrested a 21-year-old Gymea man, 51-year-old Loftus man and a 21-year-old Cronulla man.
A further four men were arrested nearby including a 55-year-old Bundeena man and three men from Miranda - aged 20, 19 and 23.
Search warrants are being executed at seven properties in Miranda, Bundeena, Loftus, Kareela and Gymea, and one at Blacktown in Sydney's west.
"Police have so far located a pill press at the Blacktown premises, along with a quantity of cocaine, ecstasy and MDMA tablets,'' police said.
"The searches are ongoing.''
Police said the pill press was capable of producing about 4000 tablets per hour.
Charges were expected to be laid against the seven men and and further arrests were also anticipated, police said.
The operation has resulted in the seizure of 10,300 ecstasy pills with an estimated potential street value of $618,000, as well as a quantity of cocaine.
AAPOctober 22, 2009 03:51pm