Police crack major drug ring
21st December 2018
I want to congratulate Lake Macquarie Police District for the enormous amount of work they have done in busting this alleged drug syndicate in the local area.
My thanks to LAC Commander Supt Danny Sullivan and everyone on Strike Force Castlestead. Great job!
NSW POLICE PRESS RELEASE:
Five men have been charged following investigations into alleged large-scale drug supply in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie regions.
Strike Force Castlestead was established in September 2018 to investigate and dismantle an alleged drug supply syndicate operating across both police districts.
Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives arrested two men – aged 33 and 28 ¬– at a service station on Gateway Boulevarde in Morisset about 3.30pm yesterday (Thursday 20 December 2018).
During a search of the men, police located and seized a large commercial quantity of prohibited drugs, believed to be cocaine, and cash.
The men were taken to Belmont Police Station where they were both charged with multiple offences, including supplying a prohibited drug (commercial quantity), and knowingly deal with the proceeds of crime.
The 33-year-old man was also charged with manufacture or produce a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and expose a child to the process.
They were bail refused to appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Friday 21 December 2018).
Following the arrests, multiple search warrants were executed at homes in Cameron Park, Mayfield, Wangi Wangi, and Rose Bay.
Large quantities of cocaine, GHB and cash was seized from the homes.
At the home in Wangi Wangi police discovered a clandestine drug laboratory. Officers from the NSW Police Chemical Operations Unit attended to dismantle and process the scene.
A 35-year-old man was arrested at the Cameron Park home and taken to Belmont Police Station.
He was charged with 10 offences, including supply a prohibited drug of large commercial quantity, importing a commercial quantity of border-controlled drug, and manufacture prohibited drug. He was bail refused to appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Friday 21 December 2018).
A 40-year-old man was arrested at the Mayfield home and taken to Waratah Police Station where he was charged with knowingly take part in the supply of a large commercial quantity of prohibited drug, and knowingly participate in criminal group.
He was bail refused to appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Friday 21 December 2018).
A 28-year-old Rose Bay man was arrested in Sydney’s CBD and taken to Surry Hills Police Station where he was charged with six offences relating to the supply of prohibited drugs.
He was bail refused to appear at Central Local Court today (Friday 21 December 2018).
Investigations by Strike Force Castlestead continue and further arrests are anticipated.