Bonnyrigg Heights man charged, $40 million of illicit drugs seized

Drug and Firearms Squad detectives have charged seven men - including one from Bonnyrigg Heights - after seizing illicit drugs with a street value of more than $40 million and uncovering an alleged large-scale clandestine laboratory near Bathurst.

Earlier this year, detectives from the Drug and Firearms Squad's Chemical Operations Team established Strike Force Vindin to investigate a criminal syndicate involved in the supply of precursors and manufacture of prohibited drugs across NSW.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives executed three search warrants at storage sheds at Prospect earlier this month.

During the searches, officers seized 150kg of methylamphetamine (ice) and 14kg of cocaine, with a combined estimated potential street value of $33 million.

Officers also seized $1.5 million cash, as well as large quantities of chemicals and solvents consistent with the manufacture of prohibited drugs.

As part of ongoing inquiries, strike force detectives executed a further six search warrants at properties at Prospect, Pemulwuy, Bonnyrigg Heights, Millers Point, Hunters Hill and St Clair from 6am on Thursday, August 12.

Two crime scene warrants were also executed at a separate property at Pemulwuy and a remote rural property at Pyramul - about 70km north of Bathurst.

Detectives were assisted throughout the operation by Raptor Squad, Public Order and Riot Squad, North West Metropolitan Region Operations Support Group, South West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad, Forensic Evidence and Technical Services Command and officers from across the Western Region, as well as Fire & Rescue NSW HAZMAT.

During the Millers Point search, investigators seized $3 million cash located inside four large black duffle bags, and a further $50,000 cash inside a safe, as well as prohibited drugs and mobile phones.

During the Prospect search, officers seized $130,000 cash, a Range Rover, documentation, luxury watches, electronic devices and documentation.

Detectives also located hundreds of litres of chemicals and approximately 400kg of liquid - believed to be unrefined cocaine - from a Pemulway residence.

At the remote rural property at Pryamul, police uncovered a large sophisticated clandestine laboratory.

During the initial deconstruction, officers located a further 15kg of cocaine, as well as chemicals and thousands of litres of liquids.

Further items including cars, motorcycles and two air rifles were also seized. All items and substances seized during the operation will undergo further forensic examination. The combined estimated potential street value of the illicit drugs seized during the operation is more than $40 million.

A 31-year-old Bonnyrigg Heights man was charged with two counts of supplying a prohibited drug (large commercial quantity), knowingly dealing with proceeds of crime and participating in a criminal group contributing to criminal activity. He appeared at Burwood Local Court, where he was formally refused bail to reappear at the same court on Wednesday, October 6.

Investigations under Strike Force Vindin are continuing.