Another one bites the dust, I love this news, it means less poison drugs containing who knows what is off our streets and not in our kids bodies. The one crap thing is we have very weak sentencing here for drug offenses, this strike force is ongoing with more arrests, get ready for the tap on the shoulder or guns in your faces boys!
Police say they have arrested 12 people over a $15-million drug haul seized in southern New South Wales.
Detectives began investigating what they have described as a major drug supply syndicate in 2012, forming Strike Force Oceanic.
They say the group has been producing and selling massive quantities of cannabis and the drug ice throughout the state’s south.
p>Officers pounced yesterday, arresting three men and allegedly seizing nine kilograms of ice, with an estimated street value of $9 million, in a raid at Gundagai.
Luigi Gino Fato, 62, and 40-year-old Hank Peter Pickett appeared briefly on serious drug charges in Wagga Wagga Local Court this morning.
No bail application was made and both men will remain in custody until they appear in Batemans Bay Local Court later this month.
The third man, a 63-year-old from Malua Bay, is yet to appear in court.
Detectives say the men are key players in the syndicate.
Police also raided another 11 properties yesterday in Sydney, Canberra and near Griffith, Cowra and Batemans Bay.
At a rural property at Crowther south of Cowra about 2,750 cannabis plants, with an estimated value of $5.5 million, were allegedly discovered.
Wagga Wagga Local Court heard this morning that Young Police Station is having difficulty storing such a large quantity of the drug.
Officers also seized seven guns, 60 kilograms of gunpowder, 90,000 rounds of ammunition and a number of vehicles, machines and documents during the raids.
A 36-year-old man was arrested at Sans Souci in Sydney’s south and charged with enhanced indoor cultivation that exposes a child over a hydroponic cannabis set-up allegedly found in the home.
He was then released on bail to face Kogarah Local Court next month.
In the nearby suburb of Miranda another man, also 36, was arrested and charged with enhanced indoor cultivation and drug possession.
He is free on bail and is due to face Sutherland Local Court next month.
A 40-year-old man was arrested in the ACT suburb of Palmerston and charged with drug supply offences.
He faced Queanbeyan Local Court yesterday.
A 46-year-old arrested at a Batemans Bay home was charged with drug supply.
He is being held in custody to face Narooma Local Court today.
Five other people had already charged over the syndicate before yesterday’s raids.