Police have smashed a drug syndicate and seized $43 million worth of drugs and a python on the NSW Central Coast.
On Monday, officers from Strike Force Gingera, Operation Galantin and Strike Force Raptor executed a series of search warrants at properties in NSW.
A 38-year-old Ourimbah man was refused bail after being charged in relation to the multi-million-dollar drug outfit.
Police say they found an active methylamphetamine lab at the property. Officers also seized a quantity of MDMA and two exotic animals – a South American macaw and a diamond python.
Drug Squad Detective Superintendent Nick Bingham said yesterday’s arrests capped off a big year in the fight against drug crime.
“The number of clan labs shut down by police in NSW during 2013 now totals 113,” Detective Superintendent Bingham said.
“Furthermore, we have seized millions of dollars worth of illegal drugs and charged hundreds of people with significant drug supply offences.”
During the raids at other properties, police arrested five others.
Two 32-year-old men will face court on Tuesday after police seized a Glock pistol, a Luger pistol, cash, steroids and three vehicles at a property in Matcham.
A 37-year-old Holgate man will front court in February on fraud and proceeds of crime charges after more than $500,000 in jewellery, steroids, electronic devices, financial documentation and more than 20 litres of chemical substances were found at his home, police allege.
A 27-year-old man in Matcham man was also charged with participating in a criminal group and will appear in court on February 4.
In Erina, a 30-year-old man was arrested and charged with commercial drug supply and participation in a criminal group.
He was refused bail to appear in Gosford Local Court on Tuesday.
Police also seized a Cobra Shelby vintage sports car, two air rifles, two stun-guns, cannabis and cash from a property in Palmdale.
Detective Superintendent Bingham reminded members of the public that they have a role to play in battling drug crime.
“In particular, methylamphetamine has been known to ravage people’s lives. Many long-term users lose lots of weight, develop skin and internal infections, and succumb to irrational, aggressive and even psychotic behaviour.
He said that people should look out for “drug houses” and “if you spot something suspicious in your neighbourhood, call us”.