‘Traders’ arrested in Sydney police blitz | Lithgow Mercury

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Police attacks on crime networks across Sydney have revealed nearly 20 weapons, ammunition, drugs and cash with 115 people charged in the two-day operation. Officers seized $ 1.2 million in illicit drugs, including methamphetamine, MDMA and cannabis. Police say bikie gangs were among the targeted groups, with officers conducting 66 firearms ban searches and crime scene orders, seizing 18 firearms and 672 cartridges. Nearly $ 100,000 in cash was also seized, with officers conducting more than 450 bail checks and inspecting nearly 200 businesses. The 115 people were charged with a total of 292 offenses between Thursday and Saturday morning. State Crime Commander, Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said the operation was aimed at “minions”. “This was about targeting the blind supporters of these groups – people with a complete disregard for the security of society and those who think they may be able to fill the void and take over,” Smith said. On Thursday afternoon, police arrested two men in Bondi after they tried to flee while loading a package of a car. Police seized luxury watches, clothing, electronic devices, cash and 4.5kg of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of nearly $ 4 million on the property. The men, aged 24 and 27, were charged with drug importation and offenses by criminal organizations. They were denied bail and are due to appear in court at the end of March. After a police chase in the northwestern part of Sydney on Thursday night, a 35-year-old man was arrested and charged with 20 offenses, mainly related to alleged theft and armed robberies. He was denied bail and reappears in court Monday. On Friday morning, police seized drugs, weapons, ammunition and cash from a property in Blacktown, where they arrested a 26-year-old man and charged him with 19 offenses, including possession of drugs. Australian Associated Press


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