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.
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.
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.