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Seize nearly tonne of ‘fantasy’ after traffic stop

A TRAFFIC stop in the Sydney CBD, allegedly led detectives to uncover nearly a tonne of the drug Gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL), also known as ‘fantasy’, at properties in Regents Park and Granville.

Detectives attached to Sydney City Police Area Command were on patrol when they stopped a hire car on Yurong Street in Darlinghurst just after 4.30pm on Friday, May 15. During a search of the car and driver, they allegedly found drugs including approximately 27kg of GBL, cash, electronic devices and documents.
The 37-year-old driver was charged with a number of offences including supplying a large commercial quantity of prohibited drugs and two counts of dealing with the proceeds of crime.
Following further investigations, detectives searched a Regents Park factory on Monday, where they allegedly seized a further 724kg of GBL.
On Tuesday, they also allegedly found 56kg of GBL and dismantled a clandestine laboratory at a unit in Hunters Hill.
A further search carried out on Wednesday, May 20, at a storage facility on Wellington Street in Granville, allegedly uncovered another 252kg of GBL.
Two men, aged 35 and 32, who drove into the storage facility during the police operation, were also arrested. A search of their vehicle allegedly uncovered cash, mobile phones, sim cards, fraudulent driver licences and about 150 grams of white powder – believed to be cocaine.
Both men have been charged with a range of offences, including drug possession.
During the six-day operation, police seized approximately 1,059kg of GBL with an estimated potential street value of almost $8.5 million, and investigations are continuing.