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Cops bust West African drug syndicate


A MAJOR crime syndicate with tentacles reaching West Africa has allegedly been smashed by the NSW Drug Squad.

A year-long undercover operation was set up last year into the West African organised-crime syndicate allegedly importing and supplying 
‘’ice’’ .

Police say the arrest of seven Sydney men has dismantled the syndicate dealing in “ice” in a  two-day operation in Sydney and Adelaide.

Strike force Bellevue  was set up early last year to investigate the alleged involvement  of  the crime syndicate from West Africa. 

About 2pm yesterday, an undercover police officer met with four men in the car park of a hotel in Bankstown. Police will allege the men supplied the officer with two kilos of a drug believed to be “ice” in exchange for a sum of money.

Police from the Tactical Operations Unit subsequently arrested three men – aged 47, 40 and 35 – at the scene. 

The fourth man, aged 37, fled in a vehicle, but was arrested a short time later after the car crashed into the front fence of a nearby 
residence. All four men were charged with supply prohibited drug (large commercial quantity) and refused bail to appear in Bankstown Local Court today..

Drug Squad detectives also executed search warrants at two premises in Adelaide last night, assisted by South Australian Police.

Further search warrants were carried out this morning at  Riverwood, Bexley, Granville, Chiswick and Quakers Hill. 

As a result, Strike Force Bellevue detectives arrested another three men: a 43-year-old at the Riverwood address; a 42-year-old at the Bexley address; and a 45-year-old at the Granville address.

They are all expected to be charged today with supply prohibited drug (commercial quantity).

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