More Than 80 People Charged In Christmas Cocaine Crackdown
NSW Police have busted a 'dial a dealer' service operating in Sydney's CBD, eastern suburbs and south, right before the festive season ramps up.
More than 350 grams of cocaine, five grams of MDMA, five grams of cannabis and close to $70,000 cash were seized during a three week pre-Christmas drug blitz.
Forty six people were charged with drug supply, 38 with drug possession, while a dog was also rounded up in the bust.
Among those cuffed and charged was a 51-year-old taxi driver who was stopped and searched in Barangaroo on November 30. Police allegedly uncovered two mobile phones, $3400 cash and more than 13 grams of cocaine in a hidden compartment.
On the same night, a 25-year-old man and a 24-year-old pregnant woman were arrested following a search in Cronulla. Officers allegedly uncovered $2970 cash, four mobile phones, and more than 13 grams of cocaine concealed in an energy drink can.
A man was arrested in Clovelly on December 7 after officers raided his VW Golf. The 31-year-old allegedly had cocaine stashed in the waistband of his pants and his dog, which was restrained in the backseat of the car, was taken to Waverley Police State.
The man was charged with multiple offences including drug supply while the dog was safely reunited with its owner.
Several of those arrested were from "well-regarded professions," police confirmed.
"Officers were astounded by how brazen some of these alleged drug transactions have become, often taking place in highly-visible and crowded locations in Sydney’s CBD and surrounding suburbs," Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Bell said on Monday.
“We want everyone to be able to enjoy the festive and holiday season sensibly and safely, but sadly there are some in the community that continue to ignore the warnings," he said, confirming that some of those people will now spend Christmas locked up and ring in the new year with a criminal record.
“Those who continue to flout the law should know that these operations will continue, and those involved will be charged and put before the courts,” Bell said.
Strike Force Northrop investigators have charged 251 people with drug-related offences, including 160 for supply since it began in 2017.
In that time, more than 3.6kg of cocaine, 470 grams of MDMA, 167grams of cannabis and more than $980,000 cash has been seized.
Investigations are ongoing.