The Police announced this morning that they had disrupted an alleged smuggling network in October involving 21 kg of cocaine with a value of $6.3 million, concealed in a load of Spanish tiles.
As a result of the investigation that the haul, the police, in a joint operation with the australia Border Force officers, raided a demolition site in Dapto on Friday, where they allegedly found 66g of cocaine, with a value of $125,000 in cash, and a rifle, ammunition, and drug paraphernalia in other research on the new south wales south coast.
NSW commander of the drug squad Detective Superintendent Tony Cooke said, despite significant seizures of cocaine, both at the border and Australian related to drugs in foreign countries, the demand remains strong.
“In the last 12 months, NSW Police Force with the help of our partners from the police — have seized tons of cocaine destined for the streets of new south wales, but organized criminal groups continue to be motivated by a strong demand,” Det supt Cooke said.
Cocaine found in a tile.
Ahmad elhage has been charged with importation of cocaine.
The analysis of waste water, in 2016, has shown that NSW has almost double the consumption of cocaine in comparison with the second-largest in the state when it is measured in doses consumed per day.
Det supt Cooke said it was the most important question that the police were dealing with.
“Organized crime is money, and while ever there is a demand for drugs, there will be criminal networks ready to exploit the demand for profit.”
He said that organized crime would continue to be the target, but warned there would be no real success without a change of attitude by drug users.
“We will continue to work with our partners – including australian Border Force to target organized crime activity, but we need the support of the community to inspire real change of culture in relation to the consumption of drugs.
“By working to reduce demand, we can reach out to these illegitimate companies where it hurts the most their bottom line.”
The cocaine had a market value of more than$6 million.
A firearm allegedly found in the raids.
Ahmad El Hage, 35, and Zachary Craps, 31, have been charged with importing a commercial quantity of the drug and has appeared in a Wollongong court on Saturday. They were refused bail and will reappear in the court on Wednesday.
ABF Superintendent of Investigations, Garry Low, stated that this crisis, which has resulted in two arrests, was a victory for the Australian community, and has prevented more than 6 million dollars of cocaine in the streets.
“All investigations of the ABF leads, in collaboration with our NSW partner of the Police, stops harmful and addictive substances to reach vulnerable Australians,” Superintendent Downs said.
In September, detectives from the new south wales Police Force and the investigators of the narcotics brigade of the australian Border Force (ABF) has established Strike Force Brundson as a joint investigation into the importation and supply of cocaine.
One of the men arrested Friday.
The investigation began with a crisis of 111 pellets containing cocaine weighing 1.1 kg allegedly secreted inside a man arrested at Sydney Airport last year.
He has been charged and the case is before the courts.
Last week, the drugs were seized after a series of dawn raids in Dee why, Five Dock, Lidcombe, Milperra, Padstow and Panania.
The Police has arrested three men, charging them with various offences ranging from drug possession to participation in a criminal group.
The trio would appear in court again later this month.
The latest arrests follow a number of desperate measures introduced by the police to suppress the roaring twenties and the trafficking of cocaine, particularly in Sydney.
The Daily Telegraph revealed in September, the police would be to specifically target the city in the east of the city with a plan for the cocaine road-side drug testing.
Police arrested two men and seize illicit drugs, large sums of money and a firearm from a NSW south coast demolition site.
A loophole has allowed the cocaine abusing motorists to avoid detection, NSW Police Minister Troy Grant is expected to be included by the amendment of the Act on Road Transport.
Mr Grant said the experts of forensic medicine had been asked to test the cocaine on the DrugWipe devices used by the police. They will also run tests to see if over-the-counter medications such as throat lozenges may also trigger false-positive results.
“When roadside testing of oral fluids was introduced in 2006, the equipment appropriate for the detection of cocaine was not available,” Mr Grant said.
“The technology has evolved considerably since then, and the saliva test for cocaine is now possible,” Mr Grant said.
A trial could be put in place in the coming weeks.
The movement track of the news the police were forced to deploy additional resources to the suburbs is to fight against the out-of-control party-goers to the top of the cocaine.