The Drug Squad have seized more than 75kg of a chemical capable of being used in the manufacture and production of $20 million dollars worth of prohibited drugs and have arrested three men, including a man in his late seventies.
Strike Force Polmont, headed by the Drug Squad’s Chemical Operations Team, is leading an ongoing investigation into the manufacture of illegal drugs. Detectives became suspicious after being alerted to an order of over 75kg of a chemical, used as a pre-cursor in the production of methamphetamine (commonly known as “crystal meth” or “ice”). When the seized chemical is used in the manufacturing process, and combined with others, more than 40kg of illegal drugs could be made – with a street value of over $20 million dollars.
Yesterday, The chemical was being delivered to a business on Pitt Street, Sydney where police stepped in and arrested three men at the scene.
Search warrants were executed at a Wetherill Park business and a house at Woolloomooloo , where documents were seized.
The men, aged 32, 48 and 77 were arrested and are facing charges for the possession of a pre-cursor. They each faced additional charges:
- The 32-year-old man faced further charges on an outstanding warrant.
- The 48-year-old man from Blacktown was also charged with fraud offences and possession of a knife in a public place.
- The 77-year-old from Woolloomooloo was additionally charged with proceeds of crime.
They were all refused bail and were expected to face Central Local Court today.