Penrith man among six arrested over commercial drug supply

The Penrith man is arrested.
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Raptor Squad detectives have arrested a further six people, including a Penrith man, after more than 70kg of cocaine was seized at a Sydney unit earlier this year.

In August 2022, detectives attached to the State Crime Command’s Raptor Squad established Strike Force Parnall to investigate the alleged commercial supply of cocaine in Sydney.

Following inquiries, two men – aged 22 and 29 – were arrested on Tobruk Street, Narellan, in late August.

Police will allege in court that the younger man had a large sum of cash in his possession, while the older man was in possession of cocaine.

Both men were taken to Narellan Police Station, where the older man was charged with ‘supply prohibited drug’ and the younger man was charged with nine offences including ‘supply prohibited drug’ and ‘deal with the proceeds of crime’.

Both men remain before the courts.

A part of ongoing investigations, strike force detectives executed two search warrants at a unit on Post Office Street, Carlingford, and at a home at Toongabbie on Thursday, October 13.

During the searches, police located and seized approximately 71kg of cocaine, two pistols, more than $360,000 cash, ammunition, and drug paraphernalia. All items seized underwent further forensic examination.

Cash seized during the raids today.

Following extensive inquiries, Raptor Squad officers executed seven search warrants at properties in Penrith, Minchinbury, Faulconbridge, and North Ryde about 6am today.

During the warrants, investigators located cocaine, MDMA, steroids, drug manufacturing equipment, more than $57,000 in cash, replica firearms, mobile phones, fireworks, reptiles, 3D printers, and clothing.

These were seized to undergo forensic examination.

During the operation, five men – aged 21, 27, 27, 31 and 31 – and a 22-year-old woman were arrested and taken to Penrith, Mt Druitt, Springwood, and Ryde police stations.

The 27-year-old Penrith man was charged with ‘organises/conducts/assists drug premises’, ‘supply prohibited drugs large commercial quantity’, and ‘knowingly deal with proceeds of crime’.

He was refused bail to appear before Penrith Local Court today.

The 27-year-old Mt Druitt man was charged with supply prohibited drug greater than large commercial quantity, organises/conducts/assists drug premises, and deal with property proceeds of crime.

He was refused bail to appear at Mt Druitt Local Court today.

The 21-year-old Mt Druitt man was charged with two counts of supply prohibited drug, and deal with property proceeds of crime.

He was refused bail to appear before Mt Druitt Local Court today.

A 31-year-old Faulconbridge man, a 31-year-old North Ryde man and a 22-year-old North Ryde woman are in the process of being charged.

Investigations under Strike Force Parnall are continuing.

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