$2 million cash seized, drug lab dismantled

MORE than $2 million cash was allegedly seized by police during raids on two units in Bankstown and Yagoona this morning.

In August, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad established Strike Force Aphrasia to investigate the manufacture and supply of prohibited drugs across Sydney’s south-west.
Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives, with assistance from South West Metropolitan Region Operations Support Group (OSG), executed a search warrant at a Bankstown unit about 6am today, where they allegedly seized more than $2 million cash located in cardboard boxes, and steroids.
A short time later, a crime scene warrant was executed at a Yagoona address, where police allegedly located a clandestine laboratory containing equipment consistent with the manufacture and supply of prohibited drugs, as well as 2000 litres of Gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL).
That property has since been rendered safe by Fire and Rescue NSW HAZMAT crews and is being examined and dismantled by the Drug and Firearms Squad’s Chemical Operations Team.
Two men aged 43 and 44 were arrested at the Bankstown address and have been taken to Bankstown Police Station, where they are expected to be charged.