Five ringleaders of an alleged drug syndicate that supplied “hundreds” of people across Sydney with cocaine will face court, following a series of arrests on Friday in Sydney’s north.
Police arrested four men and one woman on Friday in Ryde, following a 10-month investigation into the “large-scale” cocaine supply network across Sydney.e people allegedly involved in a “sophisticated” drug syndicate have been arrested. Photo: Rohan Thompson
The group used an unknown number of “runners” to supply cocaine to “hundreds of customers” across the Sydney region, police allege.
However, no drugs were seized during the arrests on Friday.
The five that were arrested are understood to be the “group leaders”, with three charged with directing the criminal group.
Police arrested a 43-year-old man at Ryde Police Station about 8.30am on Friday.
Shortly after, a house on nearby Porter Street was searched, where a 27-year-old woman and 17-year-old boy were also arrested.
The three were charged with directing a criminal group, dealing with proceeds of crime, and various offences relating to cocaine supply. The 43-year-old and the 27-year-old woman were also charged with possessing a firearm and explosives.
The arrests followed a lengthy operation by Strike Force Mirimar, formed in February this year to investigate large-scale cocaine supply in Sydney.
Since March, police had allegedly seized a semi-automatic pistol, explosives, ammunition and cash related to the alleged drug syndicate.
Police said more related arrests are “possible” as their investigation into the group continues.
The recent arrests come just a week after police arrested more than 30 people in Sydney’s CBD allegedly running a “dial-a-dealer” cocaine service, but at this stage it is unclear whether the two groups are connected.
Detective Superintendent Deborah Wallace, Commander of the Criminal Groups Squad, described the group as “sophisticated”, but warned that any others involved would also face charges.
“This syndicate was a sophisticated and highly organised group but like all criminal groups, their time came to an end,” she said.
“Drug supply and use have absolutely devastating effects on the community and we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure groups like these are stopped.”
All five were refused bail, and were due to appear in court on Saturday.
The teenager will appear in Children’s Court, while the others were to attend Parramatta Bail Court.