Man charged, almost $5 million worth of drugs seized – Rozelle

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, New South Wales Police Force

A man will appear in court today after drugs with an estimated street value of almost $5 million were seized during search warrants in Rozelle this week as part of a joint operation with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC).

Operation Condor was established by officers from South West Metropolitan Region to investigate the ongoing supply of drugs and firearms by Assyrian organised crime networks in the area.

On Wednesday (8 February 2017), officers attached to Region Enforcement Squad (RES) Wetherill Park, with the assistance of officers from the ACIC, executed a search warrant at a home on Mullens Street, Rozelle.

It will be alleged 2.7kg of cocaine, approximately 15,500 ecstasy tablets, four hand guns, two of which were loaded, and ammunition were located in the home and seized for forensic examination.

Following inquiries, about 10.45am yesterday (Thursday 9 February 2017), with ACIC assistance RES officers arrested a 30-year-old man on the same street.

Two further search warrants were executed at homes on Pine Street, Rozelle and Glenhaven Road, Glenhaven.

Items including almost $300,000 in cash, 12.3kg of cocaine, 13.4kg of methylamphetamine, almost 3.5kg of an unknown powder, jewellery, two handguns, a motorcycle, and a Toyota Hiace van were seized from the first address. Nothing was seized from the second.

The estimated street value of the cocaine seized is approximately $4.5 million and the estimated street value of the methylamphetamine, $310,000.

The man was taken to Surry Hills Police Station, where he was charged with 15 offences including supply large commercial quantity of prohibited drug, supply commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, possess unregistered firearm, possess unauthorised pistol and not keep firearm safely.

The man was refused bail, and will appear at Central Local Court today (Friday 10 February 2017).