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MEOCS charge three men during raids following drug supply investigation

Saturday, 18 March 2017 12:19:35 AM

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Three men have been charged following raids in the Sutherland Shire and Western Sydney.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad (MEOCS) established Strike Force Kentgrove in May 2016 to investigate the supply of illicit drugs in Sydney’s south-west.

Following extensive investigations, strike force investigators, assisted by other police from MEOCS, the Drug Squad, South West and North West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squads, and the Dog Unit, executed three search warrants at homes at Oyster Bay, Greenacre, and Parramatta about 6am yesterday (Friday 17 March 2017).

During the searches, police seized a pistol with magazine, a rifle, ammunition, products used to manufacture ammunition, methylamphetmine (ice), cannabis, drug paraphernalia, cash, mobile phones and SIM cards, documents and identification suspected to be fraudulent, electronic devices, and a vehicle suspected to be proceeds of crime.

Three men – aged 21, 22, and 31 – were arrested during the operation.

The 21-year-old man was taken to Sutherland Police Station and charged with large commercial drug supply.

The 22-year-old man was taken to Bankstown Police Station and charged with knowingly direct activities of a criminal group, drug supply, and knowingly deal with proceeds of crime.

The 31-year-old man was taken to Burwood Police Station and charged with two counts of drug supply, supply pistol, supply prohibited firearm, and possess prohibited drug.

All men were refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court later today (Saturday 18 March 2017).

To date, strike force investigators have arrested 12 people and laid more than 50 charges. In addition, they have seized large quantities of ice and cannabis, 15 firearms, and more than $200,000 cash, which is alleged to be proceeds of crime.

Investigations under Strike Force Kentgrove are continuing and further arrests are expected.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation drug supply in their local area to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.