Two men arrested after MEOCS seize 1kg of ice

Two men have been arrested by NSW Police Force in Sydney’s south-west as part of a joint investigation with Queensland Police Service into the supply of ice.

Earlier in 2017, detectives from the NSW Police Force’s Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad (MEOCS) and Queensland Police Service’s Major and Organised Crime Squad commenced joint investigations into the cross-border supply of methylamphetamine.

Following extensive investigations, officers from MEOCS attempted a targeted stop of a BMW X5 on Silverwater Road, Dundas, about 2.20pm yesterday (Monday 27 November 2017).

The BMW failed to stop and was involved in a collision with multiple police vehicles near the intersection of Kissing Point Road.

The occupants of the BMW – a man and two women – were arrested at the scene.

Following a search of the vehicle, police located and seized 1kg of methylamphetamine.

The 49-year-old Acacia Ridge (Queensland) man was taken to Westmead Hospital for treatment for a medical condition, and the women were released pending further inquiries.

The man was later charged with large commercial drug supply and use weapon to avoid apprehension (vehicle).

He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court today (Tuesday 28 November 2017).

Shortly after, detectives arrested a 34-year-old man on Bromley Avenue, Greenacre.

Police searched the man’s vehicle and seized $1950 cash and a mobile phone.

About 6.40pm, MEOCS investigators, with the assistance of South West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad, executed a search warrant at a home on Rawson Street, Greenacre, where they seized mobile phones.

The Greenacre man was taken to Bankstown Police Station and charged with large commercial drug supply.

Police will allege in court the man supplied 1kg of methylamphetamine to the Queensland man at a hotel at Greenacre earlier in the day.

He has been refused bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court.

At the same time in Queensland, Major and Organised Crime Squad investigators executed search warrants at a home at Acacia Ridge and an automotive repair business at Sunnybank Hills, where they seized 285g of ice, and documentation.

Two further people were arrested by investigators during the Queensland warrants.

Investigations are continuing.

MEOCS Commander, Detective Superintendent Peter McErlain, said collaborative law enforcement investigations are key to targeting organised criminal activity in Australia.

“NSW Police Force has strong relationships with our law enforcement partners both here in Australia and abroad, which allows us to track criminal networks across borders,” Det Supt McErlain said.

“By sharing information and working together, we can better understand how illicit businesses are connected, and ensure we intercept their illegal trades and cut deep into their profits.

“Most importantly, this type of cooperation results in the seizure of poisons, like ice, and prevents it hitting in the streets and causing harm in our communities,” Det Supt McErlain said.

Major and Organised Crime Squad’s Detective Inspector Stephen Blanchfield said the operation reaffirms the Queensland Police’s commitment to borderless approach to policing of organised crime gangs.

“This is another example of the continued commitment by Queensland Police to partner with other agencies and jurisdictions to identify, disrupt and prosecute high level criminal organisations causing the greatest impact to the community,” Det Insp Stephen Blanchfield said.

“These arrests go a long way to disrupting supply chains into Queensland but the seizure of assets prevents these syndicates from being able to re-establish.

“These investigations come as a result of the community speaking up and we thank all the members of the community for supporting us. I would remind everyone that they can always give us information on suspected drug activity anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” Det Insp Stephen Blanchfield said.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to drug supply in the community to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via social media pages.

Source: NSW Police

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