NSW Police say they have arrested an entire “dial-a-dealer” syndicate involved in supplying prohibited and prescription drugs across NSW.
More than 20 search warrants were carried out in dawn raids on Tuesday morning, leading to dozens of arrests that police said amount to the “entire syndicate”.
The arrests come 10 months after detectives from the Criminal Groups Squad established Strike Force Sugarcane to investigate the activities of an organized criminal network based in south-west Sydney.
Police allege their investigations revealed the group controlled a “significant illicit drug distribution chain” covering the importation of the drugs through to street-level supply.
Part of the group’s supply activities involved a “sophisticated dial-a-dealer syndicate” allegedly delivering prohibited and prescription drugs to users across NSW.
The investigation culminated in a series of dawn raids on Tuesday morning. Police executed more than 20 search warrants and made dozens of arrests in an operation co-ordinated by Taskforce Erebus.
The taskforce was launched last week in response to a recent escalation in gang-related murders, which police said are directly connected to the drug trade.
The individuals arrested in this morning’s raids have been taken to local police stations, where charges are expected to be laid.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, Deputy Premier and Police Minister Paul Toole and Police Commissioner Karen Webb will address the media with further information later on Tuesday.