Armed police bust massive NSW drug trafficking syndicate

ONE of Sydney’s biggest drug rings has been smashed by heavily armed police in raids across Sydney today targeting the Rebels bikie group and Asian crime gangs with officers seizing more than a tonne of ephedrine.

The drug is used to make methamphetamine or “ice” and it’s believed the haul is worth more than $500 million.

More than 25 properties, mainly in Sydney’s west, were swooped on this morning by heavily armed police. Properties in the ACT have also been targeted.

The raids were a culmination of a year long investigation stemming from an extortion attempt by the Rebels bikies.

Armed police make an arrest during the raids across Sydney today.

Bagloads of drugs seized in today’s raids. Picture: Australian Federal Police
Forensic officers unload a container at Port Botany. Picture: Australian Federal Police
The investigation then led to the uncovering of the massive drug ring.

Inquiries have revealed plans for a large-scale importation of border controlled drugs.

On Saturday, officers from the NSW Police Force, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Border Force seized a shipping container at Port Botany.

Bundles of cash seized by officers druing the heavily armed raids.
A police dog checks over the massive haul at Port Botany.
It’s believed the drugs were found inside a number of sea salt containers.

Forensic officer examines mattressing found inside shipping container.

One police source said: “We will be alleging these guys have been selling ice all over Sydney and the state.”

The consignment was examined by the Australian Border Force and specialist forensic officers from Australian Federal Police, and more than a tonne of ephedrine was seized.

Numerous arrests have been made.

NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller will hold a press conference with acting ABF commissioner Michael Outram and Acting AFP commissioner Neil Gaughan later today.


Source: DT

Dale Bothe editor

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