South Coast drug syndicate smashed

FOUR Eurobodalla men have been arrested and charged for their alleged role in a major drug supply syndicate operating throughout NSW.

Close to $15million worth of illicit drugs was seized and 12 people were arrested in the major police operation across the state’s south last week.

Police will allege the syndicate was involved in the production, distribution and sale of commercial quantities of methylamphetamine and cannabis.

On Wednesday last week, police arrested three men and seized nine kilograms of methylamphetamine during an operation in Gundagai. 

The nine kilograms of methylamphetamine have an estimated street value of $9million.

The trio of men – a 62-year-old man from East Lynne, a 63-year-old man from Malua Bay and a 40-year-old man, also from Malua Bay, were all taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station, where they were charged with numerous offences relating to the large commercial supply of prohibited drugs and participation in a criminal group.

Officers subsequently executed search warrants at numerous properties across the state, including a home on George Bass Drive in Malua Bay where police located 163 cannabis plants.

At a property on the Princes Hwy at East Lynne police located a hydroponic setup with 24 cannabis plants and a number of seedlings.

At a home in Batemans Bay police arrested a 46-year-old man before charging him with drug supply offences, and for participating in a criminal group. 

At a property in Buckenbowra, officers located and seized cannabis seeds, ammunition and a loaded rifle.

Police also located and seized six cannabis plants from a property in Surfside.

The commander of the drug squad, Detective Superintendent Tony Cooke, said the operation would seriously disrupt the illicit drug trade in many parts of southern NSW.

“We will allege in court that there had been a major syndicated operation in the supply of drugs to numerous communities throughout the south of the state, and we are confident yesterday’s arrests will seriously disrupt the syndicate’s activity,” he said.

The commander of the Far South Coast Local Area Command, Superintendent Peter O’Brien, said the operation’s success was a result of excellent investigative work from all officers involved.

“Local investigators and drug squad detectives have worked tirelessly on this case and yesterday’s results are a testament to their remarkable effort,” he said.

“Drugs can not only destroy people’s lives, they can ravage entire communities.

“Anyone who is involved in the production, distribution or sale of illicit drugs deserves to be put behind bars, and we will continue to do everything we can to get drugs – and the people who deal them – out of our communities.”

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