Smash syndicate with drugs worth $600,000
In September 2017, detectives from Redfern Region Enforcement Squad (RES) established Strike Force Northrop to investigate and target the ongoing supply of cocaine within the Central Metropolitan Region.
In May 2019, strike force detectives arrested and charged 55 people during a targeted proactive operation into “Dial-a-Dealer” services operating throughout Sydney’s CBD and Eastern Suburbs.
During the operation, officers received information about the activities of an alleged sophisticated organised criminal network involved in facilitating and directing the supply of prohibited drugs through a “Dial-a-Dealer” service.
Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives, with assistance from the Public Order and Riot Squad (PORS), Operation ODIN and the Dog Unit, executed seven search warrants at homes in Bankstown, Croydon Park, Yagoona, Potts Hill and Condell Park on Monday.
During the operation, officers allegedly seized close to 1.6kg cocaine, which has an estimated potential street value of $600,000.
They also allegedly seized more than $40,000 cash, mobile phones, ammunition, firearm parts, documentation and equipment used in the supply of prohibited drugs.
Redfern Region Enforcement Squad Commander, Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Bell, said the arrests were made possible through diligent policing and with assistance from the public.
“This syndicate was very sophisticated and was responsible for the supply and distribution of cocaine across Sydney – profiting from illegal activities and knowingly putting others’ lives and livelihoods at risk,” he said
A 28-year-old man from Bankstown man, a 29-year-old from Condell Park man, a 28-year-old Yagoona man, and a 29-year-old Potts Hills man face various charges including drug supply (commercial quantity) and being part of a criminal group.