Police have seized more than a 50 kilograms of drugs, six firearms and more than $100,000 during a series of raids on the properties of alleged organised crime figures around Sydney.
Ten men were arrested on Friday following the raids on 12 houses and several cars. Nine of them will face court today.
Detectives from Strike Force Taipan searched properties in North Balgowlah, Rhodes, Cammeray, Freshwater, Five Dock, Castle Hill, Northmead, Maroubra and Beacon Hill from 12.50pm on Friday.
Officers seized about $104,230, three kilograms of MDA, 20 kilograms of ephedrine, 20 kilograms of pseudoephedrine and 10 kg of crystal substance believed to be methylamphetamine.
They also removed six firearms, mobile phones and SIM cards, computers, numerous pills and quantities of white powder believed to be illicit drugs, and drug-related paraphernalia.
Nine of the men, aged between 25 and 54, were charged with supplying prohibited drugs and other drugs and weapons charges. They were denied bail and will face Parramatta Local Court today.
A 47-year-old man from Umina Beach was charged with supplying a prohibited drug. He was granted conditional bail and will appear in Downing Centre Local Court on April 22.
Strike Force Taipan, consisting of detectives from the State Crime Command’s organised crime squad and officers from the NSW Crime Commission, is investigating the commercial supply of drugs in NSW.
Detective Superintendent Cook, commander of the organised crime squad, said police were making strong inroads into organised criminal networks operating in NSW.
"As the results demonstrate, Strike Force Taipan has been very successful in not only seizing large quantities of drugs, but also arresting those engaged in the organisation and distribution of these drugs," Detective Superintendent Cook said.
He said the squad is focused on arresting "those at the top of the criminal food chain".
"We are not only committed to putting them in jail, we intend to take all of their assets and drive them out of business."