Strike Force detectives have arrested and charged three men after drugs and firearms were seized during search warrants across Sydney.
Strike Force Millstream – a joint investigation by the State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Squad and NSW Crime Commission – was formed in March 2014 to investigate an alleged drug supply syndicate.
Following inquiries, just before 2.30pm yesterday (Friday 30 May 2014), detectives stopped and searched a car on Victoria Street at Ermington before arresting the 30-year-old driver.
He was taken to Parramatta Police Station.
A short time later, three search warrants were executed in the Sydney suburbs of Oatlands, Londonderry and Carlingford.
At the Oatlands property officers allegedly located sophisticated hydroponic cannabis setup and seized 36 cannabis plants, 20 kilograms of cannabis leaf and a shotgun.
From the Carlingford property officers seized 30 cannabis plants and a large sum of cash, while 159 cannabis plants and a rifle were seized from the Londonderry home.
A 29-year-old man was arrested in Carlingford and taken to Parramatta Police Station where he was charged with cultivate prohibited plant and knowingly participate in criminal group assisting crime.
He was bailed to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday 16 July 2014.
A 66-year-old man was arrested at the Londonderry home and taken to Penrith Police Station where he was charged with possess shortened firearm; possess unregistered firearm; not keep firearm safely; possess ammunition and owner/occupier knowingly allow use as drug premises.
He was given conditional bail to appear at Blacktown Local Court on Tuesday 24 June 2014.
The 30-year-old man was charged with the following offences:
- Knowingly participate in criminal group assist crime;
- Cultivate prohibited plant (x3);
- Enhance indoor cultivate cannabis for commercial purpose;
- Supply cannabis;
- Possess unregistered firearm;
- Possess unauthorised firearm; and
- Not keep firearm safely;
He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court today (31 May 2014).
Investigations by Strike Force Millstream are continuing.