Police seize 119 bags of cocaine during Sydney’s first shutdown weekend
Sydney didn’t just drink beers for freedom: Police seize 119 bags of cocaine and make 17 arrests on the first weekend outside the lockdown
- Over the weekend, NSW police recovered 94.2g of cocaine valued at $ 50,000
- It was the first weekend Sydney residents could visit pubs in almost four months
- Cocaine was found by change on patrols not a targeted drug operation
More than 119 bags of cocaine were seized and 17 people arrested in just two days after Sydney emerged from a 106-day lockdown.
Cocaine valued at around $ 50,000 – as well as $ 30,000 in cash believed to be drug profits – was discovered in the eastern outskirts of the city as part of a street patrol rather than d ‘an operation targeting drugs.
The majority of the seizures were made after vehicles had stopped with those arrested suspected of being mobile drug traffickers.
Some of the cocaine (pictured) which was seized by police over the weekend in Sydney’s eastern suburbs as residents were once again able to make their way to a pub party
âThis weekend, there was a targeted effort targeting anti-social behavior – and thanks to the work of our officers, $ 50,000 worth of cocaine is now off our streets and 17 people have been charged,â the commanding officer said. the eastern suburbs, Detective Superintendent Martin Fileman.
He said that with the reopening of reception areas and the weather warming towards the summer, police expected large crowds in the eastern suburbs.
“The community can be assured that the police will maintain a very visible presence to target these types of illicit activity and other criminal behavior,” he said.
He said police wanted to “send a clear message” that they would not tolerate illegal drugs and that those found with them would be promptly charged and brought to court.
The confiscated cocaine was found in small plastic bags sold as containing one gram of the drug for $ 250 to $ 500 each.
The total weight of cocaine in the 119 bags seized over the weekend was 94.2g, showing that some bags contained well under one gram.
A taxi driver from Bankstown, in the west of the city, was among 17 people arrested over the weekend after being arrested in the upscale Double Bay neighborhood.
A search of the man’s vehicle reportedly returned $ 8,800 in cash and 20.9g of cocaine divided into 34 bags.
Among those arrested was a taxi driver who was reportedly found with 34 bags of cocaine and over $ 8,000 in cash (pictured) in his taxi