Again emphasizing the common criminals who import any number of drugs into cash paying countries, a large Asian drug smuggling ring went down in Australia yesterday. From the New South Wales Govt:
The men — aged 20, 21 and 24 — were surrounded by Tactical Operation Unit officers and arrested shortly after 2.30pm yesterday during an alleged drug deal to supply 30,000 ecstasy tablets, worth an estimated potential street value of $1.5 million.
The arrests triggered a series of raids across Sydney’s west and south-west, with search warrants being executed at homes in Parramatta, Lidcombe, Merrylands, Campsie, Denistone and Rydalmere.
Two other men, aged 20 and 26, and a 17-year-old youth, were arrested at homes in Rydalmere, Strathfield and Denistone and taken into custody for questioning.
During yesterday’s operation, officers will allege they seized 2000 ecstasy tablets, with an estimated potential street value of $100,000.
An additional 600 ecstasy tablets, as well as a quantity of steroids and a large amount of cash, was seized during the execution of the search warrants.
Meanwhile, during the two-month investigation, officers will allege they seized a further 4000 ecstasy tablets.
Police allege all the men are connected with an organised Asian crime network trafficking in illicit drugs in the Sydney CBD.
All six people have been charged overnight with supply large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and ongoing supply of a prohibited drug.
This particular ring sells ecstasy as well as steroids.
Yesterday’s arrests are the result of an inquiry by Strike Force Investigator, comprising officers from the Central Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad (RES).
Central Metropolitan RES Commander, Detective Inspector Gavin Wood, said the drug syndicate had supplied thousands of ‘teddy bear’ and pink heart-shaped ecstasy tablets to police during the course of the operation.
“Our investigation revealed this syndicate was capable of sourcing and supplying very large amounts of prohibited drugs on a regular basis,” Detective Inspector Wood said.
“We have intercepted thousands of pills that were ultimately destined for the streets of Sydney.”
Interesting that experts list MDMA and steroids are among the least harmful of the street drugs (graphic)