Police have arrested 10 people, including three brothers, and seized substantial amounts of cash and drugs following a series of raids across Sydney this morning.
The raids follow a four-month investigation into an alleged highly-organised and significant drug trafficking syndicate.
Shortly after 7am today, St George Local Area Command police, assisted by Public Order and Riot Squad officers, carried out simultaneous raids on homes in Mortdale, Carlton, Coogee, lllawong, Bonnet Bay, Lugarno, Earlwood and a business premises at South Hurstville.
Nine men and a woman were arrested and taken to St George Police Station at Kogarah where they are expected to be charged later today with offences, including supply of prohibited drugs.
A large quantity of drugs and cash has been seized but police are still carrying out a number of searches.
Today’s operation is the culmination of a four-month investigation by St George LAC officers which allegedly exposed a complex and well-organised drug syndicate – supplying heroin, cocaine, cannabis and MDMA throughout the St George, Sutherland Shire, southwestern Sydney and Eastern Beaches areas.
Those arrested today include:
· A 24-year-old Mortdale man;
· His 24-year-old de facto, also from Mortdale;
· His 17-year-old brother, from Carlton;
· His 18-year-old brother, also from Carlton;
· A 38-year-old South Coogee man;
· A 25-year-old Illawong man;
· A 26-year-old Bonnet Bay man;
· A 25-year-old old Lugarno man;
· A 37-year-old Earlwood man; and
· A 23-year- old Telopea man.
St George Local Area Commander, Detective Superintendent Helen Begg, said as a result of this investigation, all the significant players of a major drug trafficking network have been allegedly identified, and the ring now dismantled.
During the course of this Strike Force, my officers first identified a number of people operating at the bottom tier of the network and then worked their way up the chain of command to identify the bigger players and ultimately the heads of the syndicate, Det Supt Begg said.
This syndicate conducted much of their business on the streets, providing a steady supply of a whole range of drugs to users.
Today we seized a substantial quantity of heroin, cannabis and ecstasy as well as large amounts of cash.
So as a result of today’s arrests, we have not only stopped the flow of drugs onto the streets in this area but across large parts of Sydney as well.
Today’s operation is the second significant drug operation in one week. Last Thursday Liverpool LAC arrested 15 people during a drug operation targeting street level drug dealers supplying heroin, ice, ecstasy and cannabis.
Issued at 1pm, Thursday 22 April 2010.